The year is slowly drawing to a close. Take advantage of the festive season and read our new IST for the last time this year! Find out, for example, which hurdles have to be overcome in order to integrate AI-supported platforms into the work process. Automation also continues to be a highly explosive topic and opens up a wide range of opportunities for cost and resource savings. This is demonstrated, among others, by a machine manufacturer who was able to significantly accelerate color changes by partially automating its painting process. You will find this and many other exciting technical articles on the subject of surface technology in the current IST. We hope you enjoy reading and wish you a relaxing Advent season.