Manufacturing exhibitions return to the NEC in April 2020

05 February 2020

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Manufacturing exhibitions return to the NEC in April 2020The biennial co-located events Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions will once again return to Birmingham's NEC between from 21 to 23 April 2020, alongside MACH 2020.

The Drives & Controls Exhibition 2020 will once again bring together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multitasking culture of today's design engineer, covering critical areas such as energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, robotics and automation - plus much more, all under one roof. With the advent of the smart factory, the Drives & Controls Exhibition 2020 is an essential source of technological and engineering information and is fully supported by GAMBICA and EPTDA.

Returning exhibitors include Beckhoff, B&R, Rittal, Weidmuller, Mitsubishi Electric, Radwell, Bosch Rexroth, Elmo Motion Control, Binder, Carlo Gavazzi, Eaton Electric, Finder, Harting, Hepco, HMS Industrial, Leuze Electronic, Control Techniques / Nidec Industrial Automation, Omron, Pilz Automation Technology, Renold, plus many more returnees.

GAMBICA and the European Transmission Distributors Association will again be hosting pavilions where members will be promoting their activities.

To complement the Drives & Controls Exhibition the now firmly established Smart Industry Expo will be taking place, where visitors will have the opportunity to learn about digitalisation and how to prepare and implement a strategy in this smart era, as well as being able to discuss a wide range of issues from components to Predictive Maintenance 4.0, Logistics 4.0, and smart grid technologies. Other areas covered include: components for IT-based automation systems that will bring fundamental change to all in-factory processes, IT security, as well as smart technologies that manage and coordinate power, gas and heat networks so that capacity can be balanced and optimally deployed across the entire energy system – integrated energy, plus much more.

New for 2020 is the significant announcement that the Manufacturing Technologies Centre (MTC) has confirmed a 100m2 pavilion within Drives & Controls and Smart Industry Expo where it will be joined by its members. The MTC was established in 2010 as an independent research and technology organisation with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry. Its role has also expanded to cover not only R&D but also training, advanced manufacturing management and factory design, and it now has over 700 employees working with it. The MTC has helped hundreds of companies across a range of industries and over 100 of them have become members of the MTC. Its presence at Smart Industry Expo and Drives & Controls highlights the importance that the MTC attributes to these key sectors.

Running alongside Drives & Controls Exhibition and Smart Industry Expo will be Air-Tech 2020, which is set to highlight current key themes related to the very latest in air compressor and related technologies from companies from around the globe. The event is supported by the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), and is the UK's only dedicated event for the compressed air and generators market.

Vanda Jones, the British Compressed Air Society's executive director, commented on its presence at the key industry event: "As the UK's only dedicated exhibition for the compressed air, generators and vacuum market, Air-Tech is an ideal chance for visitors to keep up to date with all the latest developments in our industry. For BCAS, it is an ideal opportunity to engage with manufacturers, distributors and end users alike, and for us to provide impartial advice about legislation, standards and technical issues Events like Air-Tech are more vital than ever over the next two years because it brings our industry together to understand issues that affect us all."

Visitors to Air-Tech will be able to see a wide range of equipment and solutions, including the following:

  • Accumulators, actuators, air delivery systems and air motors
  • Compressors, cooler tools and cylinders
  • Vacuum systems and generators
  • Displays and meters
  • Filters, fittings, heat exchangers and hoses
  • Instruments, lubricators, manifolds and mobile compressors
  • Pumps, regulators, sensors, software and valves

The co-location will also include Plant & Asset Management 2020, the UK's premier event for plant, asset, maintenance and works management engineers and directors.

Industry spends huge sums of money maintaining its plant, machinery and building assets and, because of constantly increasing business and financial pressures, there is an ongoing need to achieve the maximum performance from those assets.

Plant & Asset Management 2020 will therefore showcase the very latest in condition monitoring, CMMS, outsourcing/contract maintenance, energy efficiency, boilers/burners/combustion, handling and storage plus much more.

In addition Fluid Power & Systems 2020 will focus on a comprehensive range of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, together with products that facilitate better electro-mechanical system design and application for improved process automation, control, monitoring and analytics. Fully supported by the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), Fluid Power & Systems comprises the largest gathering of world-class companies displaying and demonstrating the latest in mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment.

Chris Buxton, CEO of the British Fluid Power Association, commented on the Association's decision to exhibit again at Fluid Power & Systems: "There is no better event for the fluid power market than Fluid Power & Systems."

Whatever your industrial sector, whether engineering, construction, offshore/marine, oil and gas, agriculture/farming, automotive, aerospace etc, Fluid Power & Systems offers a convenient one-stop-shop for all your fluid power and system requirements, including:

  • Hydraulics: industrial and mobile, including pumps and power packs, cylinders, valves, motors, heat exchangers and accumulators, filters and sealing technologies
  • Pneumatics: valve and valve islands, linear and rotary actuators, air motors, FRLs and other treatment technologies
  • Systems: Electro-hydraulic and pneumatic systems design, CAN bus technology, process automation, monitoring and control, modelling and simulation
  • Instrumentation: Sensors, switches and controls as applied to fluid power: temperature, flow, pressure, liquid level, position

Digitalisation and Engineering Forums

At a time when engineers are under increasing pressure, and time out of the office for attending exhibitions needs to be balanced against heavy workloads, one growing justification is attending a well-balanced and focused seminar programme where gaining further industry knowledge is at the core.

Located at the heart of the 2020 co-location are The Digitalisation and Engineering Forums. With a strong emphasis on technology, The Engineering Forum will bring together all aspects of plant and asset management, hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics and automation, energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, legislation, system strategies and technological developments. Representatives from across industry will feature, including government agencies, research bodies, trade associations and manufacturers.

The Digitalisation Forum, sponsored by Pilz, will fully reflect the ongoing global transformation to the smart manufacturing era and provide a fascinating insight into the potential plants of the future, covering all aspect of the digital transformation across the manufacturing spectrum. Experts will address the vast array of information around 4IR, discussing the practicalities, technologies and issues surrounding transition and implementation of digitalisation in UK manufacturing. Over the course of the three-day seminar programme, visitors will have the opportunity to learn how they can seize the opportunities that exist and promote the benefits of adopting emerging digital technologies. The variety and scope of both Forum programmes for 2020 is very exciting, adding real value. The combination of leading manufacturing events, with a highly engaging seminar programme, will give visitors a genuine opportunity to keep abreast of the latest industry developments.

For regular show updates, full Digitalisation and Engineering Forum seminar programmes and to register to attend, please visit the official websites:

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