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SPS 2023 Show Exclusive Report

26 February, 2024

Germany’s SPS automation mega-show is showing signs of returning to its pre-pandemic scale, despite difficulties in its domestic industrial market. We look at some of the trends and technologies at the 2023 event which took place in November.

SPS 2022 Show Exclusive Report

07 February, 2023

After a three-year absence, the SPS automation exhibition returned to its Nuremberg venue last November. It might have been slightly smaller than before but it still generated a lot of enthusiasm.

SPS 2019 Show Exclusive Report

05 February, 2020

Last November’s SPS automation show in Nuremberg, Germany, was the 30th in the series and the first to drop the previous SPS IPC Drives title, which was always a bit of a mouthful and had outgrown its relevance. The SPS part of the name came from the German equivalent of PLC, but today’s show covers much more than PLCs, industrial PCs and VSDs. It now encompasses all aspects of industrial automation from software and communications to sensors, edge computing and the cloud.

Hannover Fair 2019 Exclusive Show Report

17 June, 2019

An inescapable theme at this year’s Hannover Fair was the emergence of 5G as potential game-changer for industrial communications. The high-speed, low-latency technology could oust traditional signal wiring in many applications – although widespread adoption still seems several years away.

SPS IPC Drives 2018 Exclusive Report

05 February, 2019

The annual SPS IPC Drives show in Germany is probably the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to developments in automation. We look at some of the highlights from the most recent event, held last November.

Hannover Fair 2018 exclusive show report

28 June, 2018

Edge computing, the cloud and digital twins were among the dominant themes at this year’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial exhibition. But despite the show being bigger than ever with the addition of the CeMat logistics show, visitor numbers dipped slightly.

SPS IPC Drives 2017 Exclusive Report

30 January, 2018

The booming German automation sector was reflected in a record-breaking SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg at the end of November. We look at some of the event’s highlights.

Hannover Fair 2017 exclusive show report

19 June, 2017

The 2017 edition of world’s biggest industrial exhibition, the Hannover Fair, drew the biggest crowd in its 70-year history. As usual, the event gave a taste of what is to come in automation and factory equipment, and highlighted the increasingly closer links between the automation and IT sectors.

SPS IPC Drives 2016 Exclusive Show Report

06 January, 2017

Once again, the SPS IPC Drives automation and motion engineering mega-show, held every November in Nuremberg, Germany, proved to be a bellwether for the state of the sector – especially in Germany – and an indicator of the trends that are driving the industry. One noticeable theme was the number of collaborative efforts being set up by companies and organisations that might normally be considered rivals.

Hannover Fair 2016 exclusive show report

15 June, 2016

The partner country for this year’s Hannover Fair was the US. This meant that the event was opened jointly by President Barack Obama and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On the first day of the show, they did a walkabout of several halls, visiting a handful of carefully picked stands.

SPS IPC Drives 2015 exclusive show report

03 January, 2016

After dipping in 2014, there was a surge in visitor and exhibitor numbers at the 2015 SPS IPC Drives automation and motion engineering show, held recently in Nuremberg. There was plenty for the visitors to see and discuss, including an unusually large number of VSD launches, the latest developments in Industry 4.0, and lots of talk about using cloud platforms.

Hannover Fair 2015 exclusive show report

09 June, 2015

A key focus at the 2015 Hannover Fair, held from 13–17 April, was the integrated digital factory. On many stands there were demonstrations showing how Industry 4.0 is starting to progress from a theoretical concept to a practical reality.

SPS IPC Drives 2014 exclusive show report

03 January, 2015

The annual SPS IPC Drives show in Germany has been going for 25years, and has grown almost every year. The 2014 event, held in November, set a new floorspace record, but the number of visitors slipped for the first time.

SPS IPC Drives 2013 exclusive show report

06 January, 2014

If the recent SPS IPC Drives show is an accurate indicator, the automation industry appears to be shaking off the effects of the recession and is investing in innovation.

Countdown for inefficient fan systems in the EU

14 August, 2013

With the introduction of the EU's ERP directive, fan manufacturers face the challenge of either improving the efficiency of their systems that don’t comply, or seeing them withdrawn from the market. As Frank Griffith, a consultant drives engineer with ABB in the UK, explains, there are technical difficulties in improving the efficiency of impellers and transmissions, so many are looking to use more efficient motors.

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