Trade fair for smart production solutions

Electrical drive technology (drives), automation with sensors, communication technology, control technology, IPC, measurement technology, software

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SPS Nuremberg | Now in 16 halls!

The SPS 2023 in Nuremberg is one of the most important meeting points automation-industry. This year, the industry highlight will once again show the entire spectrum of digital automation, transformation and communication from sensors to the cloud. It is pleasing that the SPS Nuremberg has grown significantly compared to the SPS 2022: approximately 1200 exhibitors will occupy 120.000 halls with around 16 m² of exhibition space. 

SPS fair 2021

Our trade fair special for the annual PLC, Smart Production Solutions, shows you the highlights of the in Nuremberg taking place trade fair for the organizer's entire spectrum of automation Mesago. Exhibition areas are electrical Drive Technology (drives), Automation reported sensors, communication technology, Control Technology, IPC, Measurement Technology, Software and much more.

SPS 2023 back to old strength

The PLC – Smart production solutions (formerly SPS IPC Drives) is recording significant growth in the trade fair compared to the previous year and is on the way to pre-Corona levels. The focus of the new Halls 3C and 8 is mechanical infrastructure, control technology and software & IT in Hall 3C. Hall 8 offers an expansion of the content of Halls 7 and 9 with control technology, machine-machine interface products and automation solutions.

The SPS is one of the most important meeting points in the field of automation. From the 14. to 16. November 2023 The industry meets again to present its innovations for smart and digital automation or to find out more about them. The SPS trade fair has grown: 1200 exhibitors will occupy around 120.000 m² of exhibition space in 16 halls. 

Main topics of the Smart Production Solutions trade fair

  • Digital transformation / Industry 4.0
  • Industrial communication
  • Safety & Security
  • Data-driven and intelligent concepts for control and visualization
  • sensors
  • Drives
  • Sustainability through automation

Product innovations for SPS 2023

In our trade fair special for SPS 2023, exhibitors, trade visitors and those who do not have time to come to the exhibition grounds for the international trade fair will find new product innovations from automation technology components and systems presented by us before, during and after the event. We will keep you up to date, use our service. The next PLC will take place from 12. to 14. November 2024 took place in Nuremberg.

Drive technology to the PLC

robot brake

Safety brake for Robco robot kit

The company Robco offers a modular robot kit for industrial manufacturing. In the robot arms, slim and lightweight robot brakes from the standard modular system from Mayr Antriebstechnik ensure the necessary safety.

Intelligence in Motion from the worldwide network

Koco Motion presents its expertise in tailor-made drive solutions based on DC and BLDC motors, stepper motors, servo motors, linear drives and controllers. On this basis, the system house serves the growing demand for customer-specific drives.
Linear axis

Linear motor individual axes and actuators in a package

At Motek 2023, Bosch Rexroth is presenting an automation package (picture above), which, like the multi-axis systems, can be combined with individual linear motors and actuators. Optionally there is the operating software and other features.
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Torque measuring shaft coupling with integrated sensor

At the SPS 2023, Mayr Antriebstechnik is presenting the new Roba-drive-checker steel multi-plate clutch, which can transmit more than just torque and compensate for shaft misalignment, in addition to lightweight robot brakes.

Automation to the PLC

3D camera

ToF 3D camera with time-of-flight method

Schmersal presents a 3D camera for the automated capture of digital process data in real time. The AM-T100 is a time-of-flight (ToF) camera that uses a Sony Depthsense sensor to create millimeter-precise 3D depth images. A demonstrator, together with other innovations, shows how the IIoT can be implemented at the field level.
inductive couplers

Inductive couplers with high shock resistance

Turck's inductive couplers now offer improved performance and new functions such as selective pairing. The NIC couplers have a 600 ms start-up time for shortened production cycles and increased productivity. Equipped with IO-Link COM3, the NIC couplers support a maximum data transfer rate of 230,4 kBit/s.
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Intrinsically safe Ex smartphone for 5G and Wi-Fi 6

The next level of digitalization in hazardous areas: Pepperl+Fuchs presents an intrinsically safe 5G and WiFi 6-capable industrial smartphone. The 6-inch Android smartphone combines global, customer-oriented support with the know-how of Ecom Instruments.

This small control makes it easier to get started with digitalization

With the Melsec FX5S PLC, Mitsubishi Electric offers an easy-to-use and cost-effective PLC for your digital transformation process. The latest member of the compact PLC series Melsec iQ-F is designed for simple applications and includes Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) functions.

Easy-to-use PLC automation system

Jumo is presenting the future of automation technology at the SPS in Nuremberg with system solutions that cover your needs from the field level to the cloud. The heart of the presentation is the innovative Jumo Varitron 500 touch. The PLC system is a milestone for automation applications.

Gateway with improved error diagnosis

The Schmersal Group presents its new SD gateway variant. This offers improved error diagnosis, which minimizes downtimes and simplifies commissioning and maintenance. The user-friendly device is easy to install and increases system availability.

Safe positioning for working platforms

Working on lifting platforms near dangerous areas, such as near railway overhead lines, requires special safety measures. A sophisticated safety system from Pepperl+Fuchs continuously compares the tension level of the overhead line with the position of the stage.
Digital transformation

Data rooms for digital transformation

How can control, switchgear and mechanical engineering help to withstand the pressure for change in terms of competitiveness and at the same time master the energy transition and digital transformation? Rittal, Eplan, Cideon and German Edge Cloud show how the optimization of entire value chains is shaping the industrial future.

Omron cobots with the fastest camera joint

With the TM S series, Omron presents new collaborative robots with powerful hardware, even more safety functions and certifications as well as the most modern configuration options.
Real-time data

Trends in Automotive - Data means Energy

Integrating real-time data generation and management across all vehicle and parts production processes helps address market and supply chain challenges. Lucas Majewski from Mitsubishi Electric explains this in detail in the videocast "Trends in Automotive - Data means Energy".

Safety Fieldbox for additional fieldbuses

Schmersal is introducing two new versions of its Safety Fieldbox. In addition to Profinet/Profisafe, they are now also available for the bus systems Ethernet/IP with CIP Safety and Ethercat with FSoE. The designer can now configure the safety functions of his machine independently of the fieldbus.

High-resolution Profinet absolute encoders

The new encoders with Profinet interface for real-time applications from Turck are primarily used in logistics, food technology and mechanical engineering. In singleturn and multiturn versions they rely on the current Profinet encoder profile version 4.2.

First managed switches for SPE

With the new SPE FL Switch from Phoenix Contact, sensors and field devices can be integrated directly into Ethernet networks. The managed switches support single pair Ethernet on eight ports with the universally applicable 10Base-T1L standard for 1000 m distances.

Electrical engineering to the PLC


Connectors for smart energy management

November 22.11.2013, 2023 | The best kilowatt hour is the one that is not used at all. At SPS 17, Harting presented solutions that can reduce consumption, including the future standard size M1, a circular connector for Gbit Ethernet and a TXNUMX Industrial in a mini push-pull housing.

Varied construction kit for cable glands

With the Progress series, Agro presents a diverse modular system for freely combinable cable glands. This includes components made of nickel-plated brass with short or long connecting threads in all common sizes.

Housing for hydrogen technology

Pepperl+Fuchs offers special housing technology for explosion protection in hydrogen production and distribution. These housings, which are also suitable for purge areas, are designed for corresponding Ex zones and control cabinet modules for signal separation and further processing.
terminal block

Terminal blocks with standard plug-in zone

The Combi terminal blocks with standardized plug-in zones from Phoenix Contact simplify wiring considerably. New is the lever push-in technology for the easy integration of pre-assembled conductors. Different types of conductors with or without ferrules can be connected easily.

The time has come for Single Pair Ethernet

SPE is unstoppable. Simon Seereiner from Weidmüller confirms this trend from his own experience: “Last year, many of the major sensor manufacturers approached us at trade fairs and asked about Single Pair Ethernet.
switch cabinet

Efficient control cabinet construction with IoT and AI

Innovative systems and technologies make a significant contribution to making control cabinet construction more efficient and saving time and costs. The LQ Group offers a wide range of conventional control cabinets that are customized with central controls, sensors, actuators and switching devices.

Measurement technology for the PLC


Infrared camera in protective housing for hot and cold

The Optris PI and Xi series thermal imaging cameras can also be used under adverse environmental conditions. The outdoor protective housing allows this under very low or high temperatures, dust and humidity.

Combination checkweigher for weighing and metal detection

The Essentus Performance L Combi checkweigher from Minebea Intec combines weighing and metal detection. The combination can be used to check weights, carry out completeness checks, control upstream filling systems and check a product for foreign bodies.

Universal temperature transmitter with drift detection

The digital temperature transmitter T38 from Wika allows very stable and flexible temperature measurement. The device offers maximum possible combinations of sensor connections and a new type of drift detection.

Ratio pyrometer for process monitoring

The new CS Vision quotient pyrometer series from Optris measures temperatures from 300° to 3000 °C of metals, melts or ceramics without contact, safely and reliably from different distances. This makes them suitable for robust process monitoring in real time.

Product development for the PLC

Product development

Virtual twins and robotics make you competitive

Dassault Systèmes, Omron and Ecosphere demonstrate the power of virtual twins for automation and robotics. The focus of a showcase is the virtual twin of a fully automated and flexible production line with handling robots and mobile robots.

Materials+processes for PLC


With sustainable plastics to CO2 neutrality

The importance of sustainability in the plastics industry is growing. Igus is also increasingly focusing on environmentally friendly solutions. The Motion Plastics specialist shows how the use of high-performance plastics can have a positive impact on the circular economy. Read how sustainable plastics and their production can become CO2-neutral.