The annual German trade show – SPS IPC Drives – held in Nuremberg during the last week of November, closed on a high note, attracting record numbers of exhibitors and attendees.
A total of 56,787 visitors queued up at 1,602 stands representing companies from 39 countries. 1,094 of the exhibitors (68.3 %) were from Germany and 508 exhibitors (31.7 %) from other countries. Identically, 43,582 of the visitors (76.7 %) were also from Germany and 13,205 visitors (23.3 %) hailed from other countries.
A majority of the new product announcements at the exhibition were borne by local German companies. Here’s a roundup of some announcements made during the tradeshow.
The Siemens Industry Automation division announced improvements in fault tolerant Simatic S7-400H high-performance controllers and equipped them with new functions. The range of controllers has been extended with the new CPU 416-5H. Fail-safe applications have been integrated into its engineering framework, the TIA Portal.
An expanded choice of industrial Ethernet switches includes a new product line with 19-inch rack devices. The SCALANCE-X-500 switches are suitable for configuring large automation networks and connecting them to the company’s IT system. Typical areas of application are network configuration and coupling in production and process industry systems, as well as in industry-oriented sectors – such as mining, logistics and transport.
In the field of drive technologies, the Siemens Drive Technologies Division has merged its extensive electric motor ranges with the ‘Simotics’ product family, enabling users to find the right motor for each application in the manufacturing and process industries and/or in the energy sector.
B&R presented a 21.5-in. full HD Automation Panel for mounting on a support arm. Its solid glass surface makes it easy to clean and offers the operator excellent haptic properties.
Beckhoff introduced a range of display sizes in both wide screen and 4:3 format including 7-inch with a resolution of 800 × 480, 15.6-inch with 1366 × 768, 18.5-inch with 1366 × 768 and 24-inch with the full HD resolution of 1920 × 1080. In 4:3 format – 12-inch with 800 × 600, 15-inch with 1024 × 768 and 19-inch with 1280 × 1024.
B&R Automation introduced a series of motor-integrated servo drives with IP65 protection. The ACOPOSmulti merges inverters with the motor to create servo actuators that can deliver power directly where it is needed. Configurable modules thus become easy-to-connect mechatronic units. Using Ethernet PowerLink networking, the servos can be employed in either line or tree topology.
Beckhoff Automation released its new version of TwinCat (v. 3) with delivery expected for early 2012. Features include simplified engineering, and new languages and language options, such as the object orientation of IEC 61131, C/C++ and Matlab/Simulink for real-time applications. Microsoft Visual Studio is embedded.
ODVA released a new white paper, Optimization of Machine Integration, developed through its cooperation with Sercos International and the OPC Foundation to outline a strategic vision for an open and interoperable communication framework.
The conference that ran in tandem with the exhibition offered a full-featured program including two keynote speeches entitled ‘Big data’ and ‘Unconventional drives with smart materials,’ among other highlights.
A new addition was the R&D talk – a podium discussion led by well-known representatives from the industrial automation technology sector. Guests like Dr. Thomas Bürger from Bosch Rexroth AG, Bernd Kärcher from Festo AG & Co. KG, Dr. Josef Papenfort from Beckhoff Automation GmbH, Dr. Johann Soder from SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co. KG, and André Uhl from Schneider Electric Automation GmbH took part in the discussion.
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