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Presenting the Latest Technologies & Best Practices

The forums at the 2017 Automation Fair® event provide real-world examples of how companies have increased their productivity and improved efficiency. Representatives from various companies will share their automation technology experiences and applications.

A Culture of Inclusion & Diversity in Manufacturing

A Culture of Inclusion & Diversity in Manufacturing Forum at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Thursday, November 16: 1-3:00 p.m.

Manufacturers face a significant challenge in attracting and retaining talent as their most experienced personnel retire over the next several years. Changes in demographics and expectations of the millennial generation need to be addressed.

A company culture of inclusion and engagement, along with a focus on environmental stewardship, community involvement and high ethical standards will be critical to attracting and retaining the best talent.

Join this forum to discuss inclusion & diversity challenges facing manufacturing with your industry peers. Rockwell Automation is leading the industry in building a culture of inclusion. Our experience demonstrates that these efforts result in improved business performance.

Chemical and Specialty Chemical

Chemical Forum at the 2016 Automation Fair Event
Wednesday, November 15: 1-3:00 p.m.

In today’s global business climate you are confronted with myriad challenges linked to cost controls, regulations, limited work force, cyber security, and ever-changing market pressures.

Whether you’re producing high-volume commodity chemicals or low-volume specialty chemicals, you need to find ways to do so in the safest, most cost-effective manner.

During this forum, leading industry specialists will demonstrate how they manage these challenges, using information solutions and automation strategies to help keep them competitive.

Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC)

Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) Forum at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Wednesday, November 15: 1-5:00 p.m.

Market dynamics are continuously challenging EPC's to execute projects at lower costs with less engineering hours and shorter schedules.

Learn how Rockwell Automation is focused on providing you with design and estimating tools, the latest technologies and best practices to enable your company’s success as measured by profitability, sales, reduced risks and customer satisfaction.

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage Forum at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Wednesday, November 15: 9-11:00 a.m.

Consumers continually seek the new and different, and prioritize taste and nutritional value. Food and Beverage producers are challenged to get new, high-quality products through the facility quickly, and keep prices low and food safer. The manufacturing world is also rapidly evolving.

Connected, information-enabled smart manufacturing connects previously siloed processes and creates new opportunities to help manufacturers better understand their operations.

Smart manufacturing has the potential to completely transform operations in the food and beverage industry. Learn how best-in-class companies are remaining competitive and capitalizing on a Connected Enterprise.

Machine & Equipment Builders (OEMs)

Machine & Equipment Builders (OEMs) Forum at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Thursday, November 16: 9-11:00 a.m.

OEMs are challenged to continuously innovate to stay competitive. As more end users move to a Connected Enterprise to optimize their production and supply chain, they’re looking for more value from the machinery and equipment in their facilities.

Smart machines and equipment provide unprecedented access to data, greater connectivity, and robust security, which position OEMs and their customers for greater success.

Join us to learn how leading machine and equipment builders are capitalizing on this opportunity and are positioning themselves and their customers for greater success.

Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas Forums at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Wednesday, November 15: 9-11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 16: 9-11:00 a.m.

Oil and gas companies strive for more efficient operations throughout their supply chains. Greater adoption of automation and information technology and associated services can help achieve operational excellence goals.

These two forums provide an opportunity to hear how petroleum companies are using advanced automation and information technology to meet their operational challenges while maintaining focus on improving production efficiencies.

Power & Energy

Power & Energy Forum at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Wednesday, November 15: 1-3:00 p.m.

From a “dash to gas” to regulation CWA 316B and the increasing adoption of alternatives the power and energy industries continue to be dynamic. An increase in and the correct use of technology will help improve both the effective generation and the efficient use of what’s produced.

During this forum, leading companies and industry specialists with years of experience will demonstrate how they manage these challenges and use information and automation to achieve a competitive advantage.

Pulp & Paper

Pulp & Paper Forum at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Thursday, November 16: 9-11:00 a.m.

You need to meet the challenges of global competition, higher production costs, and stringent environmental standards. That means you must streamline manufacturing processes while minimizing water, energy, and material costs.

In addition, you need to improve product quality, productivity, and capacity while reducing downtime.

In this forum, you will learn more about the latest technologies, tools and strategies you can use to justify return on investment – and ways to modernize operations while minimizing risk.

Discover how the implementation of new technologies can enable you to address the workforce gap – and become more productive, competitive and sustainable.

Water Wastewater

Water Wastewater Forum at the 2017 Automation Fair Event
Wednesday, November 15: 9-11:00 a.m.

Globally, the water industry is evolving. Delivering reliable, safe and affordable access to water is no longer solely on the minds of water and wastewater managers.

Raised consumer awareness and stakeholder operational demands over this most precious resource are guiding utilities to build smarter, more sustainable infrastructure.

During this forum water professionals will discuss industry trends and requirements, and how advancements in technology help utilities design, operate, and maintain today's smart water plant.