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SPS Connect: Program published, partnership with Siemens announced

20 Oct 2020

The preliminary program of this year’s SPS Connect, which is scheduled to take place on 24–26 November 2020, has now been published on the website of event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt. Along with the latest topics of interest in the automation industry, those planning to participate can look forward to well-known speakers from the realms of business and science. With Siemens on board as its official partner, this virtual edition of SPS – Smart Production Solutions promises to be a real highlight at the end of the year.

In a year marked by quite a few changes, the SPS plans to offer the automation industry an intelligent platform for sharing ideas and knowledge and making further advancements in related technologies. Just like at the past on-site events, its organizers have prioritized the latest relevant topics in putting together a compelling program for the virtual SPS Connect. Each day will feature not only presentations on smart digital automation, but also two areas of focus that will be explored further in keynotes, expert talks, discussion panels, and contributions from exhibitors.

The subjects covered will range from cybersecurity, production IT, robotics, functional safety, motion, DC infrastructure, and AI to intelligent operating concepts, sensor technology, Industry 4.0, digital twins, and industrial communication. All this will be complemented by current topics such as the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the industry. ZVEI president Dr. Gunther Kegel, for example, will be holding a presentation entitled “Coronavirus – A Catalyst for Digitalization?”

Meanwhile, those who have signed up to give expert talks include Gerd Hoppe (part of the corporate management team at Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG) on the topic of the cloud and GAIA-X, and Dr. Marco Link (CEO of ADAMOS GmbH) on extracting value from machine data. Frank Hakemeyer (director of marketing and communication interface development at Phoenix Contact) and Dr. Andreas Müller (chairman of 5G-ACIA) will also be on hand to discuss the relevance of 5G. Finally, a number of other experts will present their latest technologies and methods, including in connection with TSN, OPC UA, and single-pair Ethernet.

At the same time, the SPS Connect will also offer intriguing networking opportunities, thanks to a matchmaking function powered by AI. This innovative highlight will bring exhibitors and participants together based on their profile data, user behavior, and the information they themselves provide on what they offer or need.

SPS Connect and Siemens join forces

For this year’s SPS Connect, Mesago Messe Frankfurt has found an ideal partner in Siemens, which has long been the most prominent SPS exhibitor and a member of the corresponding exhibitor advisory board. “We’re proud to have a strong partner like Siemens at our side,” affirms Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President for SPS. “They’re one of the pillars of the SPS, and we’re happy to be working together even more closely as part of this virtual event.”

In various discussion panels and expert talks, Siemens will be offering extensive insights into cutting-edge technologies like AI, 5G, 3D printing, and edge and cloud computing.

“The SPS plays a key role for Siemens as a platform for in-depth technical discussions and opportunities to engage with those in attendance. This has enabled us to build long-standing customer relationships and ever-stronger partnerships. We’re looking forward to supporting the virtual SPS Connect and using our involvement to stay in touch with our customers in order to continue working with them on driving the industry’s digital transformation. With that goal in mind, we’re going to bring more intelligence to product design and manufacturing by combining automation and digitalization solutions with future technologies like AI, edge and cloud computing, and additive manufacturing. At our own virtual event – ‘Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog’, which is scheduled for 26 November 2020 – we plan to delve into these topics in one-on-one conversations and present further highlights in a virtual 3D showroom,” states Marcus Bliesze, Marketing Director, Factory Automation, Siemens Digital Industries.

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SPS Connect

The SPS Connect team will be posting regular updates regarding the event at Those interested can check this website for all the information they need to participate.

About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 160 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,600 employees* at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733 million*. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
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*preliminary figures 2019

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