Some 65,700 visitors flocked to Nuremberg at the end of the year for the 29th SPS IPC Drives.
The show 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 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 at SPS IPC Drives 2018 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.
Udo Aull, Managing Director CSO SEW Eurodrive, said: “It is one of the strengths of this exhibition that buzzwords such as Industrie 4.0. and digital transformation are not only transported into the exhibition halls, but intensive talks where these subjects are turned into concrete results can take place.”
Steffen Winkler CSO, Member of the Board Business Unit Automation and Electrification Solutions at Bosch Rexroth AG, added: “The SPS IPC Drives is the most important leading exhibition for automation technology worldwide. This is where the ‘Who is who’ of the industry meet in a unique concentration. The exhibition is, as ever, a working one. This means that a great degree of the visitors are trade specialists and they have specialist questions or come to the exhibitions with concrete projects.
“With a high amount of senior experts at our stand, we are in a position to answer many questions directly and talk in-depth about project requests. At the same time, our team receives highly-concentrated feedback from the world of automation.”