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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend Automation Conference & Expo?

Automation Conference & Expo is designed for automation professionals in the manufacturing, processing and packaging industries. Event presentations will focus on delivering practical application advice and visionary insights for:

  • 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
Where is the conference located?

Automation Conference & Expo will be held just minutes from O'Hare International Airport at:
 Chicago Marriott O'Hare
 8535 West Higgins Road
 Chicago, IL, 60631
 Phone: 773-693-4444

 

Will there be airport transportation to the conference hotel?

The Chicago Marriott O'Hare offers complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and O'Hare Airport. Vans arrive every 20 minutes between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm. After hours, contact the hotel at 773-693-4444. Upon arriving at O'Hare, proceed to the Baggage Claim and follow the "Bus/Shuttle Center" signs to the nearest underground walkway; wait by Door 2. (International travelers - Please contact the hotel for a pick up via the Courtesy Phone.)

 

What's the schedule for Automation Conference & Expo?

Tuesday, May 22 - Breakfast, exhibits and registration run from 7:00 until 8:15 am. Sessions take place from 8:15 am until 5:25 pm, with lunch served midday, and exhibits open throughout the day. An attendee cocktail reception will be held at the Marriott from 5:30 until 7:00 pm on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, May 23 - Breakfast, exhibits and registration run from 7:30 until 8:25 am. Sessions take place from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, with lunch served midday, and exhibits open throughout the day.

 

OMAC PackML Training will take place at the Marriott on Monday, May 21st. Register via the same link as the conference.

 

Program is subject to change.

 

Will there be a discounted hotel room block available?

Yes, discounted rooms are available at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare by calling 800-228-9290 or 773-693-4444 and referencing "the Automation Conference." All reservations must be booked by 4/30 to receive the discounted room rate of $179 (plus tax). Note that guest rooms may sell out before the cutoff date. Visit our hotel page for more details.

 

Who is the conference producer?

PMMI Media Group produces the Automation Conference & Expo, with Automation World's Director of Content, David Greenfield, as the conference program architect. PMMI Media Group is a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. With event oversight and logistics handled by PMMI, exhibitors and attendees benefit by exceptional industry visibility and the 5-star event expertise for which PMMI is known.

PMMI is a trade association representing more than 700 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as packexpo.com, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. For more information, visit PMMI.

 

What is the refund policy?

Cancellations received before April 1st will receive a full refund, less a $150 USD processing fee. Cancellations received on or after April 1st will forfeit the registration fee. Please note that registered attendees may make substitutions online at no charge, up to 48 hours in advance of the event.

 

Other questions?

Contact Bea Greany at [email protected]