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6international trade shows, ONE CITY and countless opportunities NEWS AND MARKETS Sushen Doshi Having MDA North America and Industrial Automation North America along with four other industrial trade shows at one place, like in Chicago, provides countless opportunities to explore and access the evolving trends in the engineering sector. The dynamics of international relations between United States and Germany are evolving and so are the trade relations. In the recent years, the trade between America and Germany has been improving continuously with trade volumes reaching more than 170 billion Euros in 2015. The rise of new technologies, moderate commodity prices and a strong dollar has contributed largely to the growing demand of German manufactured machinery and equipment. With a steadily improving economy and rising manufacturing sector many German manufacturers are now renewing their interests in the American markets. Complementing this positive trade environment is Deutsche Messe’s next big industrial trade event in Chicago; the Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) North America, Industrial Automation (IA) North America. These international events features more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 100,000 trade visitors from over a 100 countries. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place, Chicago, USA. This year it will be held from the 12 th until the 17 th of September. Multiplying your opportunities In 2012, Industrial Automation North America became the first colocated show with IMTS. Since its extremely successful launch, Industrial Automation North America is now well on its way to becoming North America’s leading trade show for process automation, factory and building automation. In 2014, Deutsche Messe also launched their flagship trade fair MDA North America. Visitor and exhibitor response for the events in 2012 and 2014 has been so overwhelming that in 2016, Deutsche Messe is introducing more industry specific shows, apart from its flagship trade shows, n Motion Drive & Automation North America n Industrial Automation North America n Surface Technology North America n ComVac North America n Industrial Supply North America Collectively these 5 industrial trade shows attract professionals from manufacturing and engineering industries all over the world. During your visit to Chicago, you can see a complete range of industrial products, machineries and equipment. Visitors can also gain valuable ideas and insights by interacting with various industry experts. Visitors including top decision makers and corporate managers, sales and marketing personnel, purchasing/manufacturing / production managers, designers and engineers from SMEs and large corporations attend this event to explore emerging technologies, evolving trends, and discover new machinery and equipment that can improve the overall efficiency of their manufacturing processes. These types of co-located events provide a much greater access to create new business networks and a broader platform to professionals working in various industry sectors. It opens the door to more targeted and significant networking opportunities for exhibitors as well as for visitors. MDA North America 2016 Motion, Drive & Automation North America 2016 offers the latest technologies and solutions in power transmission, motion control and fluid technology. Since its debut in 2014, this event brings together a diverse group of companies representing the motion, drive and automation sector. With the changing market scenarios and customers now becoming increasingly demanding in regards to the performance and ease of operation of machines and equipment, manufacturers are now aware of how critical it is to invest in discovering new solutions. In this context, MDA North America offers a unique display of technologies to meet even the most precise manufacturing needs. The product category at MDA North America includes: Drives and mechanical transmission systems likes linear Author: Sushen Doshi, correspondent India for AUTOMATION Technologies AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 4/2016

motion systems, Gears, Electric motors and frequency inverters, chain transmissions, belt transmissions, couplings and brakes, fasteners, springs and bearings. It also includes a wide range of fluid technology products and systems, especially for oil and water hydraulics, pneumatics, seals, lubricants and lubrication systems. On display at MDA North America are also the exhibitor companies representing the engineering software sector, providing software solutions in various manufacturing areas including support and maintenance services. Industrial Automation North America 2016 For quite some time now, Germany along with other leading industrialized nations in the world is talking about technologies like ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘factory of the future’ or ‘intelligent factory’. As these technologies becoming more accessible and affordable it shall bring about drastic changes in the way a factory operates. The global statistics for investments in the automation sector made by small and large companies in the last 5 years, suggests a fundamental restructuring of the manufacturing landscape. Along with automation, digital integration is becoming a key aspect of modern manufacturing and this trend is set to continue at a rapid pace. Aiming to strike a chord on these lines among exhibitors and attendees from industries, businesses and governments, IA North America gives high emphasis on the digitalization of manufacturing systems and processes. In Chicago, visitors from the manufacturing industries can understand the concepts of ‘smart factory’ and how to gradually transform their existing production facility into the ‘intelligent factories of tomorrow’, in which data is seamlessly exchanged between machines and products to ensure peak efficiency. IA North America showcases the products and solutions for production automation, process and energy automation, industrial software, IT and precision manufacturing. The product category at IA North America consists of robotics and systems integration, automated assembly and handling systems, new technologies in electric power transmission and motion control systems, production logistics and material handling systems. This show also has on display products for process control and automation, measurement and monitoring systems and intelligent energy solutions for integrating the entire energy chain. Thinking of smart and intelligent automation technologies, one obviously has to rope in the latest industrial software and IT solutions. IA North America presents software and IT solutions for every stage of industrial process chain – from Wireless M2M, smart factory KL, cyber physical systems and control systems, IPCs, sensor technology and image processing software, connection and interface technology. At this year’s Industrial Automation North America various exhibitors specializing in the Industry 4.0 arena, showcase solutions that integrate data from the factory floor with enterprise resource planning systems to maximize production efficiency. The spotlight will also be on collaborative robots demonstrating that they can work safely with humans and perform a wide range of tasks. This industrial trade fair in Chicago will bring together the full spectrum of manufacturing technology solutions and provide an ideal platform for buyers and exhibitors to engage with each other and create new opportunities. As companies in North America and Europe try to cope with the new market realities, especially with the increasing demand for efficiency, productivity, sustainability and much higher demand for customization and flexibility, the manufacturing community in North America knows that now is the time for exploring solutions and McCormick Place, Chicago is the place to be. Photographs: Teaser fotolia, Larry Turner Hanover Fairs , 01-02, isolated image Nicole Steinicke www.industrialtechnology.events Featuring the cutting-edge in factory, process, and building automation, this event has established itself as the place to see the automation industry’s most innovative solutions and technologies Measuring technology for industry and machine construction Position indicators Actuators Rotary encoders & Wire-actuated encoders Magnetic & Optical measurement SIKO, a strong partner for industry and machine construction ■ Specialising in measuring technology since 1963 IMTS 2016 Booth E-4043 ■ Decades of experience in distance, angle & rotary measuring technology www.siko-global.com ■ ■ Individual customisation and developments for our clients International sales and support through representatives and subsidiaries