Sold-out at Mecspe 2017

The recovery of engineering SMEs lands in Parma with the entire heritage of innovations and concreteness that characterizes them in the Italian manufacturing survey.

A vital sector, which has left behind the short-term business trend: this is the portrait of Italian engineering and subcontracting companies outlined by the latest edition of MECSPE observatory. Over 6 entrepreneurs out of 10 (65.5%) declare their full satisfaction with the performance of their companies, backed by turnovers that – analysing the end of 2016, compared to the same 2015 period– are estimated growing by 37% and stable by 49.7%, and by the substantial stability of the number of employees (by 72.9%). Job orders are adequate to financial requirements (78.6%), liquid assets are good for a good 60.2%, but especially there is extreme confidence in the good market trend, in the short term, with almost half of businesses (47.9%) expecting a growth and 44.8% of them stability.

A new boost that results in the determination of being protagonist on the market again. MECSPE 2017 – reference exhibition for the manufacturing industry 4.0 – scores in fact record numbers with over 1,800 exhibitors and over 40,000 expected visitors, who will enliven the 105,000 square metres of fairgrounds of Fiere di Parma halls, all taken up. The ‘traditional’ halls 2 (with the Shows Machine Tools and Surface Treatments and Finishes), 3 (with Machine Tools and Mechanical Subcontracting), 5 (hosting Digital Factory, Electronic Subcontracting, Motek Italy, Control Italy, Power Drive, Logistics), 6 (with Eurostampi and the Additive manufacturing show) will be joined in fact by Hall 8 which satisfies the participation demand of companies that operate in the various areas of Subcontracting and Surface Treatments and Finishes, and by the number 4, which will be the core of the next edition and fully dedicated to the Digital Factory 4.0.

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Always committed to presenting the trends and the technological sector evolution to Italian companies, MECSPE 2017 focuses the exhibition on 4.0 issues, dedicating them an entire Hall (Hall 4), where it will be possible to see their versatility and the applicative potential, through the implementation of various initiatives, such as the area dedicated to reverse engineering and additive manufacturing, new engineering horizons, where the various machining phases will be performed: from scanning to data acquisition, from mathematics reprocessing to the realization of files for additive manufacturing, up to the object reproduction through Additive Manufacturing. Moreover, it will be identified a component, manufactured by stock removal and then made with additive technologies, too, enhancing the aspects of speed, lightening, decrease of assembling times and costs (for customized productions). Or, in addition, the initiative “Connected manufacturing process” where will be on show a self-optimizing machining cell, which will show how the machine tools made “intelligent” by the Internet of Things and the integration of measuring and control systems allow monitoring activities of the operational running and of the job order management, meanwhile providing information for the enhancement of the corporate cost-effectiveness.

Room also for the Collaborative Robotics and logistics 4.0, an area where visitors will have the opportunity of admiring cobots committed to handling, assembling and quality control operations, interconnected with IoT technologies. In particular, the dimensional control will show the artificial intelligence (deep learning), whereas the assembling will be of adaptive type. Finally, an innovative vision system will increase safety and productivity of the robot by means of a forefront predictive system to extend and to improve the space sharing between man and robot. To show how it is possible that human beings and cobots collaborate safely, a technological bar will be arranged where robots will be at visitors’ service to offer drinks and snacks.

To show the advantages that 4.0 technologies will provide to the various manufacturing sectors, the Hall 4 will host the Motorsport Area– excellence field of the Emilia Romagna manufacturing industry – where the workshop area, which will show six lines dedicated to the most innovative technologies for precision milling and turning machining, will be completed by an exhibition zone with race vehicles and their performing components and a drive simulator based on the Virtual reality “Oculus Rift”, managed by the UNIPR RACING team of Parma University, which will allow visitors to live the emotions of driving on a race circuit.

Around this exhibition core, MECSPE 2017 will give birth to an exhibition event able to provide a complete survey of innovative materials, machines and technologies, thanks to the synergy of its 11 thematic Halls, the 50 educational events, of the 10 Excellence Squares and of the 10 Demo Units, which will show live processes and solutions able to produce a concrete transformation of the Italian manufacturing industry.

The protagonists

In the next edition, protagonist is again Treatments and Finishes – the biennial Show dedicated to surface treatments and finishes, which this year encompasses wood in its scope and will focus on nanotechnologies – which will complete the Machines and Tools show with the best of mechanical and stock removal machining and of innovative tools, to which a quarter is dedicated. Eurostampi, machines and Plastic Subcontracting, thanks to the participation of the primary sector suppliers, will show the different plastic and rubber processing whereas Additive Manufacturing will show rapid prototyping and 3D printing applications to enhance the efficacy and the efficiency of the manufacturing and prototyping process, granting more flexibility with lower costs and times. As already last year, broad visibility will be given to the entire sector of the industrial subcontracting, not only in plastic but also in mechanical and electronic ambit: Electronic Subcontracting, a showcase of the electronic outsourcing world, where assembling and engineering companies can show their competences and know how, presenting their activity as suppliers and not as potential customers only, whereas the Mechanical Subcontracting sector will highlight subcontracting industrial machining, presenting specialized forefront suppliers. MECSPE offer is completed by Digital Factory, the showroom dedicated to the technologies for the industrial computing, identification, sensors, IoT and cloud manufacturing, integrated into a context fully dedicated to automation through the synergy with Motek Italy and its solutions for handling, assembling and factory automation; Control Italy, with testing, measuring and quality control instruments; Power Drive, dedicated to systems and components for the mechanical, hydraulic-pneumatic and mechatronic power transmission and the Show Logistics with focus on industrial material handling, according to a vision of lean manufacturing and supply chain management.

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The numbers of MECSPE 2017

105,000 square metres of fairgrounds, over 1,800 exhibitors, 10 Excellence squares, 10 Demo Units, 7 thematic quarters, 11 thematic shows, 50 educational events organized by companies, universities and associations.

MECSPE shows

Machines and Tools – machine tools, tools and equipment; Digital factory – Computing technologies for the management of a smart factory; Motek Italy – factory automation; Power Drive – Systems – Components – Mechatronics; Control Italy – metrology and quality control; Logistics – logistics management systems, machines and equipment; Mechanical Subcontracting –subcontracting industrial machining; Electronic Subcontracting – design, electronic processing, components and accessories; Eurostampi, Machines and Plastic subcontracting– moulds and moulding; plastic material and rubber machining; Additive Manufacturing – rapid prototyping and 3D printing; Treatments and Finishes – machines and plants for the surface treatment and finishing.

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