SPS/IPC/Drives 2006: Exhibition spotlights Ethernet, safety, security


Machine control/motors, drives, motion control

Nuremberg, Germany —Ethernet in automation, safety and security in automation, and motion control are among key topics on the docket for SPS/IPC/Drives 2006, which opens here today. The exhibit and conference for automation technology runs Nov. 28-30, 2006, and will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors covering a plethora of systems and components in areas including HMIs, drives, interface and sensor technologies, software, and electromechanics. Last year's exhibit drew nearly 36,000 visitors and as many or more are expected for this event.

Forums, panel discussions, and conference technical sessions will complement the exhibit. Although most sessions are in German, several will be available in English. Vendors and speakers will also be present in joint booths to discuss popular topics, among them wireless in automation; Linux in automation; and sensing, measuring, and testing technologies.

Fundamental to the event will be the array of products introduced and displayed in the exhibit hall. A few of note include:

  • DST 45-100 servomotor series from Baumüller is said to render the torque motor servo-ready. Product provides a higher torque density while reducing device volume by some 30%. The usual speed range of up to 4,500 rpm remains covered. Housing design protects against dirt. Motors are intended for applications in sensitive industrial environments such as textiles, robotics, and packaging. They are also suitable as direct drives. (Hall 1, Booth 1-310)

  • On display at the Kontron exhibit are Intel Core Duo platforms ranging from ETX 3.0, ETXexpress/COM Express, Mini-ITX, and Flex-ATX, PICMG1.3 slotCPU, 3U/6U/CompactPCI to dual-core-based industrial PCs for OEMs such as a 2U and 4U 19-in. rackmount IPC/industrial server, hot-swappable 3U and 6U CompactPCI systems, box-IPC, and a new touch panel PC. (Hall 7, Booth 306)

  • Meeting the diverse needs for industrial Ethernet network connectivity will be the focus of Moxa 's presentation. Highlights include an 'Ethernet automation' tutorial that shows how Moxa's industrial-level products can be used on one Ethernet network. Examples include the Ethernet switch family, available with a range of features such as gigabit redundancy and plug-and-play capability; and embedded computers, which come with embedded Linux or Microsoft Windows CE and wide operating temperature design that makes them suitable for industrial communication applications. (Hall 9, Booth 117)

  • A significant range of products are slated to be presented by Siemens Automation & Drives . They include the Simatic FS660I laser scanner, Simotion motion control modules, Simocode pro motor management system, and Simatic PXO240 optical proximity switches for hazardous areas. Also in the spotlight will be the 1FT7 servo motor for high-performance applications in machine tools and production machinery and the new 3SE5 position switch with tumbler said to enhance safety of personnel and machinery in harsh environments. (Hall 9, Booth 310)

For more information, visit the company Websites, or click here to visit the SPS/IPC/Drives Website.

For more on the event from Control Engineering , click here to read, 'SPS/IPC/Drives trade show: new CANopen specifications.' Also search 'SPS/IPC/Drives' atop any page of Control Engineering Online .

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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