Quite a few exhibitions that we’ve been to lately have failed to live up to expectations – for the visitor, the lack of 'worth seeing' exhibitors and for the exhibitors a poor footfall on the day. Many theories are put forward for the gradual demise of business to business exhibitions and most include the rise of the internet and our mobile electronic 'leashes'. With these, we no longer need to leave our office to get the information we need, or get prices or order goods. There are, of course, many things that can’t be achieved without a voice call or a face to face meeting.
However, the success of shows like the Barcelona Mobile World Congress or the Consumer Electronics event in Las Vegas clearly demonstrates that if it’s worth a visit, we will turn out in huge numbers. It’s pretty clear that the visit has to be worthwhile.
With this in mind, anyone interested in electronics production, both in its present form as well as what we can expect going forward with developments like the industrial Internet of Things, should head on out to Munich next month.
Not only is the biennial show productronica taking place, but for the first time it is being joined by another successful event - SEMICON Europa, a show that focuses on the electronics manufacturing supply chain with an emphasis on semiconductor manufacturing. Key segments at SEMICON
Europa include semiconductor front- and back-end manufacturing, MEMS/sensors, power and flexible electronics, secondary equipment and the latest packaging developments across applications such as the Internet of Things, automotive and medical technology. A whole series of conference sessions within SEMICON Europa adds significantly to the amount of information that can be gained by a visit.
Between them, these two shows cover practically every aspect of electronics production as it exists today. As well as showcasing the latest in production equipment and production techniques, productronica encompasses the many industry sectors that operate alongside product manufacturing including Test and Measurement, Contract Manufacturing, Materials, Logistics and Legislation.
Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things.
With an eye to the future of electronics production, the third show in the trio of November’s Munich events is IT2Industry which appeared for the first time at productronica 2015. This looks set to be a small, specialist event that will present products and services that relate to Industry 4.0 – often referred to as the IIoT.
Running alongside the show is an Open Conference for Intelligent, Digitally Networked Working Environments where around 30 lectures, panel discussions and keynotes from prominent speakers will cover topics that include the smart factory, M2M communication, industry software and systems, big data (the Cloud) and, importantly industrial IT security. If you have the time, some of these should really be worth attending.
Once again, Electronic Specifier has been chosen as a media partner for productronica and our special exhibition supplement will feature plenty of information about the event. We look forward to seeing you there. We are in Hall A1 on Stand 531