The season’s only comprehensive event for gaining automation knowledge that you can bring back to your plant and use immediately

The Automation Conference & Expo is the leading peer-to-peer educational and networking event for industrial automation professionals. As an attendee, you’ll learn why today’s automation innovations are critical for your operation. Plan to be part of this year’s knowledge exchange, May 24-25 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, where technology end-users can:

- get tips on automation implementation from industry’s leading companies
- choose from over two dozen educational sessions
- network with experts and automation thought leaders
- access practical insights from experienced practitioners

Our program is designed for automation professionals in the process industries, discrete manufacturing and packaging, and includes general and track sessions; in-depth Technology Workshops and tabletop exhibits, staffed by solutions experts.

The 2016 conference program explores today’s hottest manufacturing trends and challenges:

  • Collaborative Robots
  • Industrial Automation System Cybersecurity
  • Leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things
  • Integrating PLM + MES + ERP
  • High-performance HMI
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • And much more – via 16 Technology Workshops

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

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

Who should attend:

  • Automation and control engineers
  • Operations and engineering management
  • Manufacturing systems/IT and networking professionals
  • Packaging engineers
  • 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

Learn more about collaborative robotics at this year's Automation Conference & Expo. Demands from a range of industries are driving the rapid development of cage-free robots that work alongside humans. Here’s a look at some of the latest developments. Read more »

Next gen HMIs and PackML will be featured at this year’s event. Here’s a recent article about how OEMs balance flexibility with familiarity in the human machine interface and the value of PackML. Read more »

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 IIoT, collaborative robotics, cybersecurity and other technologies will be featured May 24-25 in Chicago. 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 »

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