Sensors & Instrumentation Live returns in 2020

Sensors & Instrumentation Live, the UK’s only national instrumentation exhibition, will return to the NEC, Birmingham on 29 and 30 September 2020. The exhibition brings together leading innovators and professionals from across the fields of sensors, test, measurement and control all under one roof to explore solutions, discuss applications and do business face-to-face.

The exhibition is now in its eleventh year and covers a range of industry sectors, with products including: sensors, data acquisition equipment, flow meters, transducers, signal conditioners, strain gauges, thermometers, test instruments, thermal imaging equipment, monitoring equipment, cables, connectors and calibration equipment.

With thousands of visitors looking to source the latest technologies every year, Sensors & Instrumentation Live presents ample opportunities for exhibitors to meet potential new customers. Exhibitors at the 2019 event had many positive things to say about the show. For example, LIMAB’s Kevin Goodison and Jack Miller said: “Exhibitions such as Sensors & Instrumentation Live really do have an impact on the sector. It gives you a broad range of opportunities to interact with others in the marketplace and it brings like-minded individuals and industries together, which [we] think is wonderful.”

Robert Norris, Trafag, said: “We see it as a forum to meet new customers. We are always looking for new opportunities rather than catching up with our existing customer base.”

Sensor Technology’s Tony Ingham added: “There are big exhibitions in Germany, the US and India, so it is important that Sensors & Instrumentation Live continues to give people in the UK market somewhere to go for information on sensing and the supporting instrumentation.”

AquaConnex’s Keith Jones explained why Sensors & Instrumentation Live had been beneficial for his company when they exhibited in 2019: “The enquiries have been absolutely excellent. We had 20 great enquiries on the first day and I would say that we are projecting to hit the same today. I would say that this exhibition is very important to the industry.”

Top Hex returned to exhibit at Sensors & Instrumentation Live for a third successful year in 2019. The Top Hex team showcased the HART communication protocol from FieldComm Group. Top Hex’s Gary Weston and Noémi Fechete commented on the exhibition: “It’s great to meet people and to build contacts and network. Whether it is meeting people you have never heard of, interacting with suppliers and even learning more about competitors – it is a great opportunity to forge new connections.”

With market-leading companies and a host of live features, there are lots of reasons to visit the event, as a delegate from Load Monitoring Systems explained while attending the 2019 event: “It is really good for picking up new technology. As you can imagine, it is always a priority to look for new applications and this is the perfect platform to look out for something better.” A representative from Seaspeed Marine Consultant also commented: “It is a great opportunity to meet companies that I didn’t know that are potentially useful to our needs. It is an eye-opening show.”

Seminars and demonstrations

Special features for the 2020 exhibition will be announced soon on the Sensors & Instrumentation Live website. To give you an idea of what will be in store, the 2019 event included a comprehensive schedule of seminars in the Engineering Symposium and Enterprise Hub, as well as demonstrations in Innovation in Action. The Engineering Symposium saw the exhibition teaming up with DJB Instruments for the first time to present CPD-accredited training to help delegates develop their understanding of sensors and instruments to improve the quality of data. The training was driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering.

DJB brought together a team of speakers from leading technology and engineering companies from around the world. TTS Systems’ John Tyrrell spoke about “Strain Gauge Load Cells – the basics of use…”. Centrateq’s Jim Flanagan gave the seminar “Accelerometers, The Truth and more…” Other speakers included Ben Haest, Quality Electronics Design, Dr James Flint, senior lecturer in Wireless Systems Engineering, Loughborough University and head of the Communications Research Division and The Modal Shop’s Marco Peres.

The 2019 exhibition’s Enterprise Hub saw representatives from some of the UK’s top organisations and institutions come along to talk about topics that could help visitors to grow their business from the experts. Topics included funding opportunities, the Internet of Things, cyber security and how to access top technology.

Another feature area at the 2019 exhibition was the Innovation in Action demonstration zone. This interactive area provided a truly unique way for visitors to gain a better insight into products with advice direct from the experts, including representatives from Kistler Instruments, PCB Piezotronics, Powelectric and AquaConnex.

The ever-popular Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Bronkhorst, returned to Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019. With so much to be seen on the lively exhibition floor, the Innovation Showcase provided a ‘snapshot’ of what was on offer. Products on display at the 2019 exhibition included Keller’s LEO Record and Mantracourt’s Bluetooth Telemetry Transmitter. Bronkhorst also displayed its Mini CORI-FLOW, EL-FLOW Prestige and ES-FLOW.

Features for the 2020 edition of Sensors & Instrumentation Live will be announced soon on the exhibition’s website so keep an eye out for updates at Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about exhibiting at the event, please contact event director Louise Pudney (


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