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Dec 2

SPS 2016: Around Town

Off-topic warning. To get discounted air fare I arrived in Germany an extra day before the show. After catching up on my email, I walked around Nuremberg. The Friday after the show marks the beginning of the Christmas markets in cities and towns throughout this part of Germany. The market was being setup, but was…

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Dec 1

SPS 2016: Members’ Booths

I tried, but did not quite succeed, in getting to the booths of all the PI North America members at the show. The Siemens booth engulfed one hall all by themselves. Here’s an overview:   HMS was showing the Anybus Wireless Bolt which uses WiFi and Bluetooth to wirelessly connect devices in cabinets to Wireless…

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Nov 30

SPS 2016: Press Conference

PI also conducted a press conference on Wednesday morning of the show. Look for the details in PROFINEWS. Here are some additional details not covered in PROFINEWS: Process Automation PI has been working closely with NAMUR, the process users’ organization. They are limiting their Ethernet choices to PROFINET and one other. The focus is on…

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Nov 29

SPS 2016: PI Booth

The PI Booth covered 3,500 sq. ft. and was themed “PROFINET – the Backbone for Industrie 4.0.” More details and a photo gallery will be presented in next Tuesday’s PROFINEWS. Last month’s PROFINEWS showed a 3D rendering of the booth that provides an overview. Here are some photos not included in the upcoming PROFINEWS, including…

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Nov 28

SPS 2016: The Show

I’m just back from the SPS/IPC/Drives Show in Nuremberg, Germany. The show attendance and exhibitors were off just a little from last year, but still quite busy. There were 1,601 exhibitors, down from 1,668. Exhibiting companies numbered 523 from 45 countries. The exhibition space totaled 1,315,350 sq. ft. Visitors numbered 63,291. Industrie 4.0 was highlighted…

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