By Amanda Joshi, Managing Editor
The spirit of collaboration and innovation. New, exciting partnerships. Technology designed to disrupt, improve and connect industrial automation in new ways. Bright-eyed innovators. All were present at the Automation Fair® event held Nov. 20-21 in Chicago, where expanding human possibilities — a message Rockwell Automation has embraced as its driving force in this next industrial evolution — took center stage.
In what Rockwell Automation CEO Blake Moret called its “biggest and best Automation Fair,” a record-setting 19,000 industrial automation professionals from across the globe converged at McCormick Place West to attend industry forums and networking events and to learn about the newest innovations in automation.
Attendees had the chance to share information about the latest control system network infrastructure using IP-based networks such as EtherNet/IP™, safety, power and information technologies that support The Connected Enterprise®.
Event goers visited more than 150 exhibits displaying the latest automation products and solutions from Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork™ program members, including Encompass™ Product Partners, Solution Partners (system integrators), OEM Partners and Strategic Alliance Partners. Many booths showcased companies’ digital technologies and IT/OT capabilities that help deliver improved connectivity, safety, security, and equipment and process performance.
In addition to the hands-on exhibits, Rockwell Automation provided free educational offerings with more than 95 technical sessions, including hands-on labs, covering the latest control, power and information technologies to help enhance customers’ innovation, productivity and collaboration.
In nine industry forums, Rockwell Automation specialists, partners, customers and other industry professionals shared what they’ve learned about industrial solutions that help address common challenges.
Further education took place just prior to the Automation Fair® event during the popular Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) held Nov. 18-19 at McCormick Place West.