Summary of News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011

The SPS/IPC/Drives Show is very important for industrial automation professionals.  I’ve been going long enough to see it grow in size and visitors (with many more international visitors lately).  Given that importance, here’s a summary of news from the show from me and many others:

My posts:

PROFIBUS News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 covers PROFIBUS in process and PROFIsafe (and a little nostalgia).

PROFINET News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 shows new PROFINET controllers on the PROFINET wall and news of PI’s increased global presence.

PROFINET Chip News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 reveals even more providers of PROFINET in silicon.

PROFIenergy News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 races cars to show how PROFIenergy works.

Miscellaneous News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 is about the people at the show.


PI press releases:

White paper “Potential of PROFIenergy” available showing big energy savings using PROFIenergy.

PROFIenergy – the automatic start/stop system for industry uses the race car analogy to explain PROFIenergy.

Comprehensive PROFINET integration in the new netX – more PROFINET in silicon.

PROFINET continues to extend its leading position with more millions of nodes installed and an ambitious goal set.

500th PROFINET Certificate Awarded to GE for their VersaMAX.  For GE Intelligent Platforms PROFINET is not just another network, it is THE network.

News reports

PROFInews 84 (the global edition of PROFInews)

#SPS 2012: Successful if not quite hitting secure note!  Eoin Ó Riain always has an excellent summary of shows and user meetings even if he can’t get there in person.  This is one of them.

SPS Drives Exhibition Recap by Gary Mintchell leaves out all the great things I told him there about PROFINET.

Notes from #SPS/IPC/DRIVES in Nuremberg from Walt Boyes gives facts and impressions.

SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 Show Report from Leo Ploner is another comprehensive report.  Somehow I missed seeing Leo this time; maybe in Hanover…

But you should definitely plan to go to SPS/IPC/Drives in 2012 since it is the week after Thanksgiving instead of the week OF Thanksgiving!  Carl’s travel tips: Next Year in Nuremberg for SPS/IPC/Drives 2012?

–Carl Henning