Smart Machines & Factories
SPS IPC Drives set to highlight smart and digital automation
Published:  03 October, 2018

The 29th SPS IPC Drives event is set to highlight the importance of smart and digital automation. Some 1700 automation providers from all over the world are expected in Nuremberg on 27 - 29 November 2018.

As in the previous year, Industry 4.0 and digital change are the main topics 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 at SPS IPC Drives in halls 5 and 6 where software and IT in manufacturing will be on display, highlighting 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.

Cyber security is also being addressed by numerous vendors, who will offer 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. Visitors can use these tours to gain targeted and focused information on key innovations and exhibits in these special topic areas.

According to figures for last year’s event, a total of 568 of the 70,264 visitors came from the UK, putting Britain in the top ten of visitor nations.

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