SPS/IPC/Drives 2004 opens with record proportions

It´s hard to argue with success. As this year´s edition of the electronic automation show—SPS/IPC/Drives—opened here today, exhibitors and show organizer Mesago Frankfurt Messe appeared confident that a steady growth trend, which has characterized this event even thorugh some hard economic times, would continue unabated.


Nuremberg, Germany —It SPS/IPC/Drives —opened here today, exhibitors and show organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt appeared confident that a steady growth trend, which has characterized this event even thorugh some hard economic times, would continue unabated.

More than 1,000 exhibitors for the first time; displays extending to seven halls in Nuremberg`s Exhibition Center also for the first time—these are some of the ''knowns'' about the 2004 event. Now it

''Ethernet in Automation'' and ''Industrial Image Processing'' (Intelligent vision sensors) are two key topics formally scheduled for SPS/IPC/Drives 2004, with companies offering products and solutions on these topics numbering 86 and 38, respectively. Touring the show, however, other themes become quickly apparent. Distributed control and safety in automation are just two examples areas that enjoy greater acceptance in Europe. New safety methods and functions, in particluar, are being designed into machine controls, motion systems, fieldbus/communication networks and so on, in an integrated way, rather than by a separate safety system and isolated wiring.

As the show name implies, electric drives (and motion control) are a major part of the exhibits. More coverage about these and other areas of SPS/IPC/Drives 2004 will follow in later news items.

Frank J. Bartos, executive editor

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