As well as automation themes of control technology, drive technology and sensor technology, software & IT is becoming an increasingly important subject in manufacturing. Some exhibitors will, among other things, discuss which automation functions will, in the future, most likely be provided directly on the machine, using edge computing, or even in the cloud.
This development has been expedited by exhibitor Siemens AG, for example, which introduced a purely cloud-based software variant of a programmable logic controller in the spring. While based on the functions and operation of the Simatic S7-1500 PLC, the Simatic S7-1500V is an entirely virtual PLC, independent of its hardware. The virtual PLC can be downloaded in a similar way to an app and integrated directly into the IT environment. Users can access the controller and all functions of the SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC via a mobile device. It is also integrated to Siemens offerings Industrial Edge and TIA Portal.
In addition to in-person forums in halls 3, 6 and 8, the technology stage programme in Hall 3, hosted by the two industry associations VDMA and ZVEI, will also be broadcast live in German and English at the complementary online event, ‘SPS on air’.
This year’s panel discussions, product presentations, and keynote sessions will focus on: Digital transformation/Industry 4.0 Industrial communication Safety & security Data-driven and intelligent concepts for control and visualization Sensor innovations Drives Sustainability through automation.
In Hall 6, the long-established Automation meets IT joint stand presented by around 24 exhibitors will offer visitors insights into specific issues and give them an opportunity to receive individual advice from suppliers. The joint stand will focus on IT management for manufacturing, cloud and edge-based solutions and services, security measures for manufacturing, IoT and AI-based solutions and open source.
Elsewhere, visitors to the BMWK (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action) stand in Hall 8 can also find out about new and improved products, processes, and services from innovative start-ups from Germany. This is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.
An additional area for start-ups is also planned in Hall 8.
BOX: DIGITAL SUPPLEMENT "SPS ON AIR"
From September, interested parties will have the opportunity to connect with one another, arrange online or on-site appointments, and gain an overview of everything going on at this year’s event by visiting ‘SPS on air’. On 8 November 2023, one week before the on-site fair, the digital Pre-Heat Event will take place, where exhibitors will give a taste of what visitors can expect to see at their booths in Nuremberg.
After the event itself, the digital content will be available on the platform until the end of the year and will thus be accessible at any time.