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25 September 2018

The outlook for the 29th SPS IPC Drives event is again very positive and testifies to the importance of the exhibition for smart and digital automation. Some 1,700 automation providers from all over the world are expected in Nuremberg on 27 - 29 November 2018. Products and solutions, as well as trend-setting technologies of the future, will be on show.

Great Britain is one of the top-10 visitor nations

Visitors benefit from the wide range of products and services offered by the German and international Who’s Who of the automation industry and gain a unique industry overview. According to the figures for last year’s event, a total of 568 of the 70,264 visitors came from Great Britain. The positive impressions from SPS IPC Drives 2017 have been confirmed time and again:

“I highly recommend SPS IPC Drives to anyone involved in the industrial automation market. There is no better place to get a comprehensive overview of the industry’s emerging products and trends,” explains Matthew Tarney, Product Market Manager, LUTZE Inc.

“Excellent exhibition – a must-visit fair for people in the field of automation and drives. Gives a complete summary of the global scenario and the future trends,” says Sharad Dave, Managing Director, Sahajanand impex Pvt. Ltd. and visitor to the 2017 event.

Reflecting digital change

As in the previous year, Industry 4.0 and digital change are topics of focus at SPS IPC Drives 2018. Exhibitors will present not only their solutions, but also various products and example applications for digital transformation. This will be accompanied by topic-related showcases and presentations at the exhibition forums.

The firm commitment that IT companies such as SAP bring to exploring industrial communication topics (such as OPC UA and TSN) shows how the IT and automation industries are increasingly merging.

This process is also reflected in the hall occupation at SPS IPC Drives: in 2018, the topic of software and IT in manufacturing will be on display in Halls 5 and 6. Industrial web services, virtual product development and design, digital business platforms, IT/OT technologies, fog/edge and cloud computing, and many other topics will be covered here. Cybersecurity is also being addressed by numerous vendors, who will offer vivid demonstrations at their booths of how companies can protect themselves against online attacks.

To tie in with the development of these topics, the exhibition will stage its first hackathon under the banner of “digital ideas for smart automation”. The event is intended to enable participants to jointly develop useful and creative software products for the automation industry. The results will be presented, and the award ceremony held on the first day of the exhibition.

Following last year’s success, there will again be Guided Tours on IT-Security in automation, Smart production, and Smart connectivity in 2018. Trade visitors can use these tours to gain targeted and focused information on key innovations and exhibits in these special topic areas.

Joint stands and forums round out the exhibition program

Attendees can also obtain extensive insights into specific topics and ask providers for advice on their particular requirements at the joint booths:

• Automation meets IT, hall 6
• MES goes automation, hall 6
• wireless in automation, hall 5
• AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement, Hall 4A

In addition, the forums to be held by the German industry associations VDMA (hall 5) and ZVEI (hall 6) will offer high-quality, topic-specific presentations and podium discussions. There, attendees can learn more about the latest industry subjects and share their thoughts with the experts on hand.

This year’s Automation 4.0 Summit will once again complement the exhibition program on the first two days of the event and address topics from the Industry 4.0 space:

• Edge computing in industry – possibilities and limits
• TSN and OPC UA in industrial environments
• IoT platforms in industry
• Sensors for Industry 4.0

Planning the perfect visit

For more information on SPS IPC Drives, free day passes, special travel deals, and tips on getting ready for the event, check out This site also offers a layout of the premises along with an overview of the exhibitors and halls to help you plan your visit. are not responsible for the content of submitted or externally produced articles and images.
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