Chicago Marriott O'Hare

Will your company benefit from the technologies that are transforming manufacturing today?

The Automation Conference & Expo is the leading educational and networking event for industrial automation professionals, renowned for its peer-to-peer educational approach. Our fifth annual conference returns to the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, May 24 - 25, 2016. On tap are the issues that are front and center for manufacturers across all industries: cybersecurity concerns, leveraging the industrial Internet of Things, collaborative robotics, remote monitoring and control and much more.

As an attendee, you'll learn from keynote presentations by the world’s leading technology end-users and track sessions created specifically for professionals in process automation, discrete manufacturing or packaging. Our popular Technology Workshops will again be offered each afternoon, as will exhibits staffed by automation solution experts.

Our conference program will cover today's most relevant topics:

  • Collaborative Robots
  • Industrial Automation System Cybersecurity
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Integrating PLM + MES + ERP
  • High-performance HMI
  • And much more – via 16 Technology Workshops

Attend our optional pre-conference event, Machine Technology Day, for additional education:

  • Worker safety
  • Machine safety and risk assessment
  • Workshop presented by OMAC

Registration is open now.

The Automation Conference & Expo is for professionals in discrete manufacturing, continuous and batch processing and packaging, including:

  • Automation and control engineers
  • Operations and engineering management
  • Manufacturing systems/IT and networking professionals
  • Industrial systems and machinery designers
  • Purchasers of equipment for OEMs and discrete manufacturers, as well as processing and packaging operations systems integrators
  • Software development engineers for the discrete and process production industries
  • See past attending companies

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Conference News

The Automation Conference & Expo 2016 (AC&E) will explore trends and technologies that drive increased efficiency, profits and safety for manufacturers across all industries. Practical applications of the Industrial Internet of Things, collaborative robotics, control system cybersecurity and other technologies will be featured May 24-25 in Chicago. Read more »

Last month, the great and the good amongst manufacturing, process plant and packaging professionals descended on Chicago, Illinois, to attend The Automation Conference... Read more »

It’s only been about four years now since the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) really began to pick up steam.  Read more »

If you are a U.S. manufacturer, you already know this fact: skilled people are hard to find. From production line workers, to skilled trade people, technicians, and engineers, finding the right skillsets to support your production is a significant challenge... Read more »

Representatives from from Tri-County Technical College, Schneider Electric and Bosch Automotive, will be speaking about educating the next generation of manufacturing engineers and operators. A recent article notes that robots and automation are not just replacing low-skill work... Read more »