Now in its 7th year and firmly established as the UK’s only national sensors event, Sensors & Instrumentation returns to Hall 3 at the NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th September.
Last year’s show attracted over 3,000 visitors, a staggering 86% of which were responsible for purchasing or influenced purchasing decisions within their organisation. And with over 100 exhibitors dedicated to showcasing the latest products, technology and solutions in test, measurement and control this year’s show is set to “be even bigger and better”, says organiser Datateam Business Media.
Sika Instruments, a leading provider of reliable and precise measurement, control and calibration technology for flow, level, temperature, pressure and force exhibited for the first time last year, and is looking forward to returning to the event this September. Managing director Thomas Francis says, “Supporting this niche market is a main driver for SIKA to exhibit; it provides an unrivalled opportunity for our clients to find the latest solutions along with gaining knowledge on our highly technical industry which could directly affect quality, productivity or reliability.” The company is launching ‘brand new’ products at the show which, says Thomas, will offer an exciting opportunity to “to then discuss direct and immediate feedback.”
Charcroft Product Specialists delivers solutions from design through to production with a focus on the customer and any custom requirements. Commenting on the reasons for exhibiting at this year’s Sensors & Instrumentation, emech products specialist Jeff Gurr says: “We work closely with the manufacturers we represent and specialise in the Hi-Rel, Hi-Temp and Harsh Environment markets. This makes the Sensors & Instrumentation show a crucial event for us.” Power Specialist, Chris Leek continues: “Generally, we want to make the market more aware of our sensor product range, including, pressure, tilt & temperature.” As a result, Charcroft Products will be heavily promoting the Sensata brand of pressure sensors and switches, in addition to Fredericks’ range of tilt sensors and inclinometers.
Long-time exhibitor Kistler meanwhile, is launching several new products at the show, including the Dual Range Torque Sensor Type 4503B with a built-in speed sensor and integral, digital measurement conditioning system; miniature ceramic shear accelerometers weighing less than 3.5 gm, and a new measuring flange for the KiTorq torque measuring system, available in seven measuring ranges from ±50 Nm to ±5000 Nm.
Delivering quality content
Besides a great line-up of exhibitors showcasing all of the latest products and solutions is a lively and informative seminar programme, the full CPD accredited programme for which will be announced in August. Neil Mead, managing editor of the Industrial Division at Datateam Business Media comments: “We already have some really outstanding speakers lined up to present on everything from new legislation to changing trends, manufacturing challenges and product application. Whether you are a buyer, specifier, designer, engineer or technician, this wide ranging programme will undoubtedly address key topics that impact on your working day and add value to your visit.”
New for 2016 is the Automation, Machine Building & IIoT Zone. This feature area will focus heavily on current industry trends and hot topics including, Industrial Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Big Data and Industry 4.0. It will be a showcase for the latest automation technology and provide machine builders, system integrators and end-users alike with the information they need to better understand how these developments are likely to impact the future of manufacturing and, crucially, how they can realise the potential for increased productivity, efficiency and profitability.
Neil comments: “We already have the backing and support of the International Society of Automation (ISA) who will be presenting in the Zone’s dedicated seminar theatre and covering the role of automation and communication technology in the ‘smart factory’.”
The Innovation Showcase feature is returning for a second year running; this special display area allows visitors to see the latest products and innovations and will once again be a focal point of the show.
Event director Kathy Ambrose comments: “Sensors & Instrumentation has grown year-on-year in terms of both visitor and exhibitor numbers. With the introduction of new feature areas and CPD accredited seminar programmes, it offers visitors the perfect environment in which to make the right buying decisions and exhibitors the right platform from which to deliver them. While the show is nearly sold out, there are a limited number of excellent positions available for companies looking for continued growth in this very competitive sector.