December 2013 - Despite snow on the first day, the SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany was successful. With 60,027 visitors and 1,622 exhibitors, the show provides Contemporary Controls with the opportunity to showcase our latest products and solutions for the entire automation controls market.
The SPS show also allowed us the chance to visit with our European distributors, including Emikon, Satomec Automation, EncoSolution, Belle Electronic, Lucom, Robotech and Mathe Winje. Our distributors in Europe play an important part in our success and we always look forward to meeting with them.
Several of our SPS visitors were interested in our ARCNET product line, especially new PCI Express card that supports all the common ARCNET physical layers.
Although SPS is primarily an industrial automation show, visitors are often interested in our BACnet solutions, so we demonstrated our BASautomation Scalable Building Strategy that utilizes both Niagara and Sedona Frameworks from Tridium. Our approach can be used for either small or large buildings.
Of course, with an industrial automation audience, the most popular products were from our CTRLink line of Ethernet products, which consists of unmanaged and managed switches, media converters and IP routers. These products are designed for unattended operation in environments not conducive to office grade equipment. CTRLink overcomes the challenges that Ethernet presents to the automation professional by providing convenient mounting in control panels, Class 2 power wiring, and reliability. The repeating hubs, switches, media converters and routers adhere to IEEE 802.3 standards and more. Specialty regulatory needs are addressed in selected models. From simple plug-and-play operation to fully-managed switch functionality, CTRLink connectivity products facilitate the use of Ethernet in an automation project.
Thanks again to our customers and distributors who stopped by to say hello. And to our new customers, we look forward to working with you.