2017 has seen the global footprint of CC-Link IE and CC-Link reach a new high, with the number of CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) member companies passing 3000. With this surge in members, of whom more than 300 are offering some 1700 products available for the technologies, CLPA is helping to drive the digitalisation of manufacturing which is central to the goals of Industry 4.0.
Taking place in Nuremberg on 28th-30th November, this year's SPS IPC Drives will cover cover all the aspects of industrial automation, from simple sensors to intelligent digital solutions. With the exhibits and studies on Industry 4.0 and digital transformation expected to be back among the most popular highlights for this year's attendees, Industry 4.0 will also be definitive topic of focus at SPS IPC Drives 2017.
A new partnership between Siemens and the University of Sheffield is being launched to accelerate digitalisation, boost digital skills, and promote technology and knowledge exchange to meet the needs of increasingly-digitalised industry.
IPH and Brammer have combined to create a European leader in the distribution of industrial supplies. Advent International, which took Brammer private from the London Stock Exchange earlier this year, completed the acquisition of IPH to enable this combination.