Networking at booths at The Automation Conference 2014
Lunch at The Automation Conference 2014
Networking at The Automation Conference 2014

Front-page projects and transformative technologies dominate this year’s conference program

Join us at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, May 19-20 and discover how automation is driving the events that are shaping our decade. See how today’s technologies can enable greater efficiency and profits for the process industries, discrete manufacturing and packaging. This year’s event will explore:

• The Industrial Internet of Things - Meet and hear our keynote address from the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Exec. Director; learn from multiple experts on how to implement and prepare for the game-changing potential of the IoT.

• 3D Printing - Why is additive manufacturing taking off? Learn about the implications and opportunities for manufacturers, as patents expire and the marketplace expands.

• Smart Manufacturing - Hear from the Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Council, General Mills’ Jim Wetzel.

• Over 18 Technology Workshops - Choose the sessions most relevant for your needs.

• Other sessions include: Comau LLC, Corning (on PackML), Scott Farms, Boeing and NASA (on the International Space Station), MOL Danube Refinery, Michelin (on workforce development) and TransCanada (on the Keystone pipeline).

Also available this year is a pre-event PackML Workshop, organized by OMAC on Monday afternoon. See our complete program and register today.

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The Automation Conference 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


Conference News
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