Innovative Profile, Many Highlights, and a New Name in 2019

A total of 65,700 visitors came to the last SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg – next year, the event is called: SPS – Smart Production Solutions. (Source: Mesago / M. Kutt)

The 29th SPS IPC Drives event is over. A total of 65,700 visitors flocked to Nuremberg at the end of the year to find out about the automation industry’s latest products and solutions and set the stage for business success in 2019.

They certainly found what they were looking for at the exhibition, which was held on an area of 136,000 square meters and featured 1,630 exhibitors from all over the world. In a total of 17 exhibition halls, users and decision-makers visited the exhibition booths and shared ideas on current trends and cutting-edge technologies in industrial automation.

The extensive supporting program was just as impressive as the comprehensive range of knowledge and information on offer at the exhibition booths: The guided tours on the topics of smart production, smart connectivity, and IT security in automation were every bit as well received by participants as the many podium discussions and expert presentations at the four exhibition forums. In addition, the results of the first hackathon were presented on the opening day of the event. In the run-up to the exhibition, start-ups had 48 hours to develop innovative digital ideas for smart automation. The competition and the € 8,000 prize money were won by Othermo with a solution for the company Wago Kontaktechnik.

The “software and IT in manufacturing” exhibition area grew yet again and occupied Hall 5 in addition to Hall 6. Both here and throughout the exhibition, trade visitors could find out about digital solutions, including for industry, cybersecurity, cloud services, and 5G. The “Automation meets IT” and “wireless in automation” shared booths were also popular attractions. Their core topics of Industry 4.0 and innovative wireless technologies also impact the automation world of tomorrow

From 2019, the fair will have a new name: SPS – Smart Production Solutions. While the title of this exhibition is set to change, the proven concept and areas of focus it has relied on for over thirty years will remain in place. In this way, event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt is taking the digital transformation of the industry into consideration while continuing to promise relevance, expertise, and exchange on equal terms.

Next year’s trade fair for industrial automation will be held on 26 – 28 November 2019 at Nuremberg’s exhibition center. (Source: Mesago)

Link: SPS – Smart Production Solutions, 26 – 28 November 2019, Nuremberg, Germany

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