Review: 30th Control – QS Net­work­ing and Busi­ness Plat­form

26,809 expert visitors from 92 countries (Source: P. E. Schall)

26,809 expert visitors from 92 countries (Source: P. E. Schall)

The 30th Control set the scene brilli­antly once again with products and ser­vices presented by 914 exhibitors from 31 coun­tries at the Stutt­gart Exhi­bition Centre from the 26th through the 29th of April, 2016. On its 30th birthday, the Control inter­national trade fair for quality assu­rance made the quality aspect of Industry 4.0 demon­strably tangible once more. To a greater extent than any other trade fair in the world, Control show­cases a highly prac­tical presen­tation of hardware and soft­ware for indus­trial quality assu­rance in all relevant areas of produc­tion and distri­bution.

Above all the fact that more than 150 new products were presented for the first time ever, anywhere in the world, underscores the great importance of Control as the number one information, communi­cation and business platform. Many of these new products come from the constantly, rapidly growing sector for industrial image processing, which currently already makes up more than 25 % of Control’s exhibition portfolio. And thus in this respect as well, Control is the number one event – especially in light of the fact that close cooperation with the European Machine Vision Associ­ation EMVA and the successfully launched “Control Vision Talks” communi­cation platform have been very well received by the QA community and were met with corres­ponding attention (see link below).

Not least of all, further growth in expert visitor numbers of roughly 3.5 % is also indicative of the continuing success of the Control international trade fair for quality assurance. In the final analysis, private trade fair promoters P. E. Schall were able to announce that 26,809 expert visitors came to the event from 92 countries! And in light of the compre­hensive offerings from 31 countries and the large numbers of expert visitors from 92 nations, the event enjoyed comparatively high levels of foreign participation which is above all explained by the globa­lisation of production.

In addition to consistent offerings for products, services and information presented by the manufacturers and distributors, the supple­mentary programme organised by time-tested and new collaboration partners alike had its finger on the pulse of the QA world. Numerous presen­tations and panel discussions with world-class speakers and industry representatives were met by the expert visitors with just as much interest as the conferring of the Baden-Wuert­temberg Competence Award which takes place traditionally during the opening press conference on the first day of the trade fair. The initiators, namely the TQU Group and trade fair promoters P. E. Schall, selected Dr. Carl-Heiner Schmid, senior partner of the Heinrich Schmid Consultancy Group in Reutlingen, Germany, as this year’s winner.

In his laudation, Professor Dr. Heinz Trasch of the Steinbeis Foundation stressed that “Dr. Carl-Heiner Schmid places greatest importance on the employees of his service company and promotes an innovative spirit, continuous development, a fair management style and an ongoing dialogue with his employees.”

The highlight of the first day of the trade fair turned out to be a very good omen for the rest of Control’s anniversary event, which enjoyed uninter­ruptedly large numbers of expert visitors from the very first to the final day on the occasion of its 30th birthday. The exhibitors met with strong investment and procurement interest at the highest decision-making levels, and at the end of the event satisfied faces could be seen everywhere, unanimously vowing: “We’ll be back for the next Control” – 31st Control at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre from the 9th through the 12th of May, 2017. (Source: P. E. Schall)

Link: Control – International trade fair for quality assurance, P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG

Further reading: Big Success of First ‘Control Vision Talks‘,, 9 May 2016Baden-Württemberg Competence Prize for Innovation and Quality


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