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Sercos User Conference Provides New Impetus

On September 24, 2013, Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos® automation bus, saw its User Conference at the Frankfurt MesseTurm fully booked.

User Conference

About 70 customers and prospects from machine and plant engineering as well as end customers, system integrators, device and automation manufacturers attended presentations given by Bosch Rexroth, Dürr Systems, Schneider Electric Automation, Sercos International and others.

Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos International e. V., explained the current status of the Sercos automation bus and future paths in development which will be guided by the customers’ wishes and automation trends.

The latter were also addressed in the keynote of Lucas Wintjes, Director of Sales and Industry Sector Management Factory Automation of the Industrial Applications Business Unit at Bosch Rexroth AG. Based on the changing structures, Wintjes illustrated new trends and challenges which will have to be faced by automation engineering. He also presented possible solutions which could help companies remain competitive in the future.

Dr. Alexander Meißner, Head of Control Products Development at Dürr Systems GmbH, elaborated on the advantages arising from the integrated robotics networking with Sercos III from a user perspective. At Dürr, more than 10,000 Sercos III components are in use, as Dürr’s requirements for an optimum painting process are supported by the Sercos automation bus.

Klaus Weyer, Director Marketing High Performance, and Dr. Rainer Beudert, Marketing Manager System & Networks at Schneider Electric Automation, concluded the first half of the day with a comparison of various bus systems. They used an amusing role play to go into the requirements of a fictitious machine engineer and discussed which of the about 30 Ethernet-based bus systems would be best suited for the application.

The afternoon was then marked by various presentations on topics such as safety, energy, vision & motion, reduction of machine downtimes, device integration, and tips & tricks for the quick commissioning of machines with Sercos components. These presentations held in the form of breakout sessions allowed the participants to organize their afternoon as they chose and also pay a visit to the accompanying trade exhibition.

Automata, Bihl+Wiedemann, Bosch Rexroth, Hilscher, HMS/ IXXAT, Schneider Electric Automation, Vision & Control and Wago presented their Sercos solutions for factory automation.

"With about 70 participants, interesting presentations and the accompanying exhibition, this event was a complete success and gave comprehensive insights into the current trends and future standards," Lutz added. "The Sercos technology will play an essential role in this context."

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