Upcoming electric automation shows in Germany, U.S.



Motion control will be a key theme at this year’s show.

SPS/IPC/Drives Exhibition and Conference, a focused annual electric automation show for systems and components, continues its remarkable year-on-year growth. As in 2004, more than 1,000 companies from approximately 30 countries are expected to exhibit at this year’s event in Nuremberg, Germany, Nov. 22-24, 2005. However, booked exhibit space was up more than 10% from last year at 73,000 sq m (785,000 sq ft)—as of August 1st—to accommodate larger stands plus some 150 new participants, according to show organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Meanwhile, the U.S. version of the show, Electric Automation America , will not run in 2006, but has been rescheduled to take place in spring 2007, in the Chicago area

Indicative of growth, SPS/IPC/Drives 2005 will use eight exhibition halls at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center—for the first time—compared to seven in 2004, which also was a “first.” The new hall (coincidently numbered 8) will be devoted to control and interface technologies.


Key show topics for 2005 will be “Ethernet in Automation” (carried over by demand from 2004), “Safety and Security in Automation,” and “Motion Control.” The three topics are expected to permeate through the exhibition and conference via technology presentations, panel discussions, and forums.

Several group exhibits are again part of the show. Linux in Automation , a joint exhibit for companies introducing Linux-based products returns from last year. AMA Center for Sensors and Measuring and Test Equipment , organized by AMA Sensor Association for its member companies, and Wireless in Automation —a joint display for companies specializing in wireless systems—are new for 2005.

For further details on exhibiting or visiting SPS/IPC/Drives 2005, see the Web site .

U.S. version show in 2007

The 2nd edition of Electric Automation America (EAA) —the North American trade exhibition focused on drives, motion, controls, and automation technologies for industrial applications—has been announced for spring 2007 by organizer Messe Frankfurt Inc. EAA’s inaugural event, held in May 2005 in Rosemont, IL (suburb of Chicago), attracted 91 exhibitors, 1,305 attendees from 14 countries, and had “excellent turn out” for its extensive conference program. However, the number of exhibition hall visitors fell short of expectations.


Decision to hold the next event in spring 2007 followed research and extensive consultation with exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, industry partners, and the Conference Advisory Council on the best possible format for the next show. “While the second EAA had originally been planned for 2006, the majority of exhibitors, attendees, and sponsors felt that an early 2007 date in the Chicago area would be the preferred choice,” says Messe Frankfurt.


For more about the inaugural EAA show, see the June 2005 Discrete Control Monthly E-Newsletter .

Frank J. Bartos, executive editor

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