Drives & Controls April 2024

April 2024 8 Mach 2024 15-19 April, 2024, NEC, Birmingham Described as “the UK’s only live, national event showcasing sustainable, innovative technologies used across the manufacturing spectrum”, Mach 2024 will introduce a series of hubs focusing on speci†c technologies: automation and robotics; data and AI; energy eŠciency; additive manufacturing; and tooling. Each hub will be managed by one of the specialist centres from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Hannover Messe 22-26 April, 2024, Hannover, Germany The industrial megashow returns bringing together exhibitors from digital industries, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, robotics and the energy sector. Key topics will include Industry 4.0/Manufacturing-X, digitisation, AI and machine learning. The fair will include a Research and Innovation Summit for the †rst time. The partner country is Norway. CWIEME Berlin 14-16 May, 2024, Berlin, Germany The world’s largest show dedicated to motor manufacturing, coil winding, transformers, generators and e-mobility, expects to welcome more than 6,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors over its three days. More than 50 speakers have been lined up for the event, o™ering more than 25 hours of content. There will be a new zone dedicated to start-ups in areas including highperformance motors, sensors and power electronics. Drives & Controls 5-6 June, 2024, NEC, Birmingham Now part of Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week, the Drives & Controls show will run alongside other events including Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, Maintec, Smart Factory Expo and Design & Engineering Expo. It will cover areas including industrial automation, energy eŠciency, machine safety, drives, motion controls, power transmission and robotics. drives-controls-expo-home Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 5-6 June, 2024, NEC, Birmingham The event will include the Maintec, Smart Factory Expo and Design & Engineering Expo shows and will run alongside Drives & Controls, Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems. The organisers say the “Festival of Industrial Innovation” represents the future of manufacturing and engineering in the UK. As well as the exhibitions there will be conferences and summits. Automation UK 2024 18-19 June, 2024, CBS Arena, Coventry The two-day robotics and automation show will return for its second appearance with the organiser, Bara (the British Automation & Robot Association) planning to double the space of the †rst event, held in 2023. Some exhibitors – Beckho™, for example – are planning to double the size of their stands. Other exhibitors include ABB, Fanuc, Pilz, Yaskawa, Kuka, CKF, Festo and RARUK Automation. Machine Vision Conference 2024 18-19 June, 2024, CBS Arena, Coventry Now in its eighth year, the Machine Vision Conference and exhibition aims to promote the use of imageprocessing technologies, educating visitors about new processes, and helping them to †nd technologies that can improve their processes and cut costs. The event is organised by UKIVA (the UK Industrial Vision Association). n NEWS SIEMENS IS BUYING the industrial drive technology (IDT) business of the German fans and mechatronic systems manufacturer, ebm-papst, for an undisclosed sum. The business, which employs around 650 people in Germany and Romania, produces intelligent mechatronic systems in the protective ELV (extra-low voltage range) as well as motion control systems used in AGVs. Ebm-papst’s products are used in mobile robots and driverless vehicles as well as in the automation of auxiliary processes, such as the retooling of production machines. Siemens says they are an important lever for greater flexibility and productivity. It expects high growth in this sector. Siemens adds that the planned acquisition will complement its Xcelerator portfolio and strengthen its position as a leading supplier of flexible automation systems. “ebm-papst’s innovative portfolio of mechatronic drive systems and its highly qualified people are an excellent fit for Siemens,” says Siemens board member Cedrik Neike, who is also CEO of its Digital Industries business. “The acquisition will enable us to tap new business and customer potential in the rapidly growing market for intelligent, battery-powered drive solutions in intralogistics as well as mobile robot solutions.” For its part, ebm-papst says that the sale will give IDT access to international markets through a larger global sales organisation. It now intends to focus on its core business of air and heating technologies and to accelerate its transformation in terms of sustainability and digitisation, as well as international expansion. In mid-2022, ebm-papst carved out IDT as an independent division to operate independently of the requirements for air and heating technology. “Our IDT division is extremely attractive and offers high development potential, especially internationally,” says ebm-papst group CEO, Dr Klaus Geißdörfer .“We also have technologically leading product solutions and highly qualified employees. However, what we have lacked in this division so far is a global sales organisation that offers us full growth and development opportunities. “We’ll use the proceeds from the sale of the IDT business to further expand our air technology and heating technology divisions, to further strengthen our three regions – Europe, Asia and the Americas – and to invest in future fields of our product portfolio, such as digitalisation and sustainability,” Geißdörfer adds. “This will enable us to meet the long-term market demand for energy-efficient solutions, particularly in the future markets of data centres, cleanrooms and heat pumps.” Siemens is taking on all 650 IDT employees based in St. Georgen and Lauf an der Pegnitz in Germany, and Oradea in Romania. Drives which are currently produced at the Hagenmoos plant in St. Georgen, will be relocated to Oradea. In future, the St. Georgen plant will only produce fan components. The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-2025, subject to trade and merger control approvals. Siemens buys ebm-papst’s drive technology business Assembly work at the ebm-pabst facility in Lauf an der Pegnitz, in Germany Photo copyright: Christof Wolf