SPS IPC Drives 2018

From 26 to 28 November the SPS IPC Drives took place in Nuremberg. On 136,000 square meters with 1,630 exhibitors, 65,700 visitors were registered.


The fair was fun again this year - interesting visitors and great conversations. The automation industry has once again shown that it is a leader in Industry 4.0.


The highly qualified visitors came to the fair with concrete questions. In intensive consultations at the stands, the solution approaches of the different manufacturers were compared and thus found the optimal answers for the automation task in the company.


The ipf electronic from Lüdenscheid was also a real suit point of many trade visitors. Here, solutions from various industries were discussed.


The visitors were particularly interested in the new generation of distance-measuring laser sensors. The PT64 series, available with either a laser point or a laser line in seven different measuring ranges from 21mm to 1000mm, is based on the triangulation method. In this method, the distance to an object is measured indirectly via the angle of incidence of the light signal reflected by the object. In addition to distance-proportional analog outputs, the new devices offer digital signal outputs for distance evaluation. Via a device interface and a free parameterization software, the user quasi has a unique view of the sensor functionality and can parameterize the devices optimally according to his needs. In this way, even demanding measuring tasks can be easily implemented.


In conjunction with the likewise new Ethernet Adapter VKSI0297, a simple integration of the PT64 in the industrial communication and thus a convenient parameterization of the sensors from any network-integrated PC is possible. In addition, all color, contrast or line sensors from ipf electronic, which integrate an M5 4-pin circular connector for the RS232 interface, are compatible with the Ethernet adapter. This makes the adapter ideal for on-demand retrofitting of existing equipment and a straightforward solution for integrating the equipment into the local network or the internet.