Chicago Marriott O'Hare

Join us May 24 - 25 in Chicago!

The Automation Conference & Expo is the leading educational and networking event for today’s industrial automation professionals, renowned for its peer-to-peer educational approach. Our 2016 event will return to the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, May 24 - 25, 2016.

As an attendee, you'll enjoy keynote presentations from 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 in 2016, 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
  • Integrated Safety and Wireless
  • And much more – via 16 Technology Workshops

Attend our optional pre-conference day for additional education:

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

Registration opens in November. Details about our 2016 program will be available later this year ... check back soon!

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
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