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Search for the right solution for your automation tasks – SPS IPC Drives is back

09 October 2017

SPS IPC Drives 2017 is taking place in Nuremberg, Germany from the 28-30 November and is a place where visitors can discover the latest products and solutions from the field of electric automation.

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This year’s exhibition has attracted over 1700 exhibitors and will be taking place across a record 16 halls covering all aspects of industrial automation, from simple sensors to intelligent digital solutions. The trade fair offers the perfect opportunity to find solutions and products that meet your automation needs. 

Some of the topics covered this year will be software & IT in manufacturing, mechanical infrastructure, control technology, HMI devices, industrial communication and much more. Industry 4.0 will once again be a key subject at the fair, with the latest technologies that are transforming the automation landscape through the utilisation of data on show.

The main themes running throughout SPS IPC Drives 2017 will cover complete systems and integrated automation solutions right down to individual components. A host of automation manufacturers will be exhibiting, coming from a wide range of sectors to showcase IPCs, electric drive systems and components, industrial software and digital production, interface technology, and sensor technology.

Invertek Drives will be showing its entire range of variable frequency drives as well as the company’s new Industry 4.0 technologies on Stand 349 in Hall 4; cable manufacturer HEW-KABEL will show – on Stand 2-339 in Hall 2 – cables and wires for a variety of industrial market segments and Contrinex is adding to its Safetinex range of personal-safety sensors with the YSM and YSR Series of Type 4 (PL e) non-contact safety switches for door monitoring. You can find Contrinex in Hall 7A, Stand 406 where its new maritime DNV GL-approved inductive sensors, ideal for offshore and marine applications will also appear.

One of the key areas to focus on is the two levels of Hall 10 and the new level 10.1 - which will feature the well-matched themes of Control Technology, Interface Technology, Mechanical Infrastructure, and Industrial Communication. 

The industrial communication sector, driven by Industry 4.0, will present the latest innovations in the area of OPC UA and TSN. With the help of simple and standardised access to data and devices in the field, concepts such as cloud-based applications or even predictive maintenance are possible.

In addition, a visit to the reorganised Hall 2 is also a must, in order to learn about the latest trends in communication technology. The industrial communication exhibitors will be pointing out that collaboration between control system suppliers, the IT industry, and communication technologies is the driving factor for the future of Industry 4.0.

Also, at this year's show, the topic of Software & IT in manufacturing will have its own dedicated hall for the first time. Hall 6 will be entirely focused on the theme where Microsoft Germany, SAP Germany, and other renowned IT providers will be exhibiting on subjects such as industrial web services, virtual product development and design, digital business platforms, IT/OT-technologies, fog-/edge- and cloud computing. 

“In the age of digital transformation, the IT and automation industries are continuing to grow more and more intertwined – a development that will also be reflected at this year’s SPS IPC Drives. The concept of Hall 6 will take a completely new direction. It will focus entirely on the topic of software & IT in manufacturing and address the new challenges in production technology in more detail,” explains Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President SPS IPC Drives at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. 

From start-ups to key players like Microsoft, EPLAN, SAP Deutschland, and Kaspersky Lab UK – Hall 6 is where solution providers from across the globe can be found. The range of offerings include specific showcases such as the shared booth “Automation meets IT”, lectures and vendor presentations. 

In addition, the forums to be held by the German industry associations ZVEI (Hall 3A) and VDMA (Hall 3) – along with the joint forum ‘Automation meets IT’ (Hall 6) – will offer high-quality, topic-specific presentations and podium discussions. A trove of information and a bellwether for trends at SPS IPC Drives, the forums will allow attendees from across the globe to benefit from the tremendous amount of information on offer and direct access to the latest automation products. 

This year’s show will be hoping to exceed the numbers delivered by the 2016 edition of SPS IPC Drives. That show saw over 63,000 visitors attend the 122,200 sqm exhibition where just over 1600 exhibitors were on display. This years show is set to be a particularly international affair, with over 500 companies coming from outside of Germany and over 15,000 international visitors making up a large percentage of the overall attendance.

Another new addition for 2017 is the opportunity for a guided tour to take you directly to the booths of participating exhibitors, offering the opportunity to experience some of the key products and solutions from specific sectors. The English speaking tours take around two hours to complete and include visits to six exhibitors for only 15 euros. 

Visitors are able to get a compact and profound overview of one of three possible topics. These include IT security in automation where exhibitors will present their products and solutions for secure communications which contributes to IT security. The tour will ultimately help explain how to protect manufacturing against cyber-attack. 

The second topic is smart production which offers insight into what the factory of tomorrow may look like. This look into the future reveals the potentials regarding efficiency and effectiveness in production in the age of digitalisation. The third and final topic is smart connectivity where solutions regarding smart data connections and data analysis will be exhibited. In modern manufacturing, smart connectors and systems provide more data than ever before and it is essential to utilise this data to realise the true potential of Industry 4.0. 

For more information on SPS IPC Drives, free day tickets, special travel deals, and tips on getting ready for the event, you can visit The site also offers a layout of the premises along with an overview of the exhibitors and halls to help you plan your visit.

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