Automation Fair Puts Future in Your Hands

Automation Fair Puts Future in Your Hands

See for yourself the digital technologies, converged networks and other smart technologies driving industrial automation trends.

The third week in November promises to be a jam-packed, education-filled, network-driven and innovation-focused affair with attendees from around the world gathering for the Automation Fair® 2018 event. If you’re an industrial automation industry professional, join Rockwell Automation and members of its PartnerNetwork™ program in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 14-15 for a host of information-laden opportunities that can help enhance your company’s operations performance.

Philadelphia, known as the city of brotherly and sisterly love, offers an ideal setting for industry professionals to mingle, share their knowledge and learn about the latest trends and best practices from technology exhibits and educational programs.

November 14-15 • Pennsylvania Convention Center • Philadelphia 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15

At the Automation Fair® event, you’ll have the opportunity to discover how The Connected Enterprise can help achieve faster time to market, optimize assets, lower total cost of ownership and mitigate risk. In addition, you’ll see the latest control system network infrastructure based on standard, unmodified EtherNet/IP™, safety, power and information technologies that support The Connected Enterprise.

In more than 110 sessions, including forums, technical sessions and hands-on labs — all offered for free — Rockwell Automation specialists, partners, customers and other industry professionals will share what they’ve learned about industrial solutions that provide working data capital for better collaboration and more profitable decisions across enterprises and supply chains.

In addition to the free educational opportunities, check out the latest automation technology at the event’s exposition from Rockwell Automation and more than 100 of its partners. Learn how Rockwell Automation and member companies in its PartnerNetwork program are integrating technologies, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and industrial mobility, with automation control, power and information software and solutions.

Download the full preshow program, or visit www.automationfair.com for more information.

PSUG will be held November 12–13, 2018 at the Philadelphia Convention Center prior to the Automation Fair® event.

Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) Annual Meeting

Not only is the Automation Fair® event happening that week, but on Nov. 12-13, more than 800 professionals from diverse process industries worldwide will convene for the popular Process Solutions User Group (PSUG), sponsored by Rockwell Automation.

Also held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, PSUG offers process users opportunities to learn about new technologies, process solutions and best practices. Process control engineers, plant managers, operators, manufacturing IT professionals, integrators and EPC consultants all participate in the interactive atmosphere.

PSUG is a great place to learn from people who are improving their processes and creating new revenue streams. This year’s event offers ten hands-on labs, 30 technical sessions, and more than 25 customer application sessions showcasing real results using the process solutions available from Rockwell Automation. Preview the PSUG session offerings

The participation fee for the two-day event is US$649 per person. It covers event sessions, meals, refreshments and the Monday night hospitality event at the Reading Terminal Market. View the preshow program.

Partners Showcase New Technologies

The convention center also will be packed with the latest top industrial technologies and services. This is a great opportunity to talk to suppliers, examine new technologies and product demonstrations, and learn how these solutions can help you — all in one place.

More than 150 exhibits from Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork™ program members — including Encompass™ Product Partners, OEM Partners and Strategic Alliance Partners — will showcase the newest and most advanced power, control and information solutions at the Automation Fair® event.

See our Exhibitor Directory, or visit www.automationfair.com to get the most up-to-date list. Make sure to visit the Exhibit Hall and talk to suppliers, see product demonstrations, and learn how exhibitors and their solutions can help you.

Free Learning Opportunities

The Automation Fair® event offers more than 20 hands-on labs, more than 90 technical sessions and 9 forums that give you opportunities to learn best practices for your operations. Rockwell Automation specialists, partners, customers and other industry professionals will share insights around how these new technologies and data capital can help to achieve better collaboration and more profitable decisions.

After you register for the event, you can sign up for the free forums, hands-on labs and technical sessions in advance to help plan your day before you get onsite. (Registration for sessions is required.)

The popular hands-on labs, offered up to four times a day, allow you to work directly with Rockwell Automation products. Technical sessions are 60-minute presentations from leading industry and product specialists.

The forums 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 in the following forums:

Chemical: Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Food & Beverage: Thursday, November 15, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Life Sciences: Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Material Handling: Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

OEMs/Smart Machines: Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Mining: Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Power & Energy: Thursday, November 15, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Water Wastewater:  Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Workforce Development: Thursday, November 15, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

In addition, several tracks in the technical sessions will cover a more in-depth look at technologies that deliver improved:

  • Control
  • Information Solutions
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Power, Motion & Motor Control
  • Process Solutions
  • Safety and Security
  • Services and Solutions

Visit www.automationfair.com for details.

Youth Education

At the Engineering Our Future booth (booth #1757), engage with students who will demonstrate their problem-solving skills while having fun with robots. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a unique varsity sport of the mind that’s designed to help inspire young people to follow a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) path to become the innovators of the future.  

FIRST offers a progression of programs from FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) and Junior FLL, to the high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Learn more about Rockwell Automation and its strategic relationship with FIRST at http://bit.ly/2mEXqRS.

Digital User Experience Team

Returning this year is the Rockwell Automation Digital User Experience Team at the myRockwellAutomation booth #1609, gathering your feedback on the desktop, web, and mobile tools you use to do your job. myRockwellAutomation.com is a new integrated digital experience. Interact firsthand with the website to personalize it to meet your needs and learn about the applications offered in the Rockwell Automation subscription portal.

Try free software and mobile apps that help you configure and select Rockwell Automation and Encompass Product Partner technology. Build and validate your systems, estimate your projects, and accelerate the mechanical and electrical design and set up your system.

Attendance is Free

The Automation Fair® event is free, including lunch and refreshments. Download the event’s Events ROK mobile app to plan for the event before and during your time in Philadelphia. You can register for sessions; browse schedules, speakers and sessions to create your daily schedule; and network with other attendees by exchanging messages and arranging meetings.

In addition, the app provides maps, event information, meal hours and session and event surveys. Users can also join social media conversations and stay current on event news. Download the free Events ROK app from your smartphone’s app store for up-to-date information.

Also, sign up for the free e-newsletter that will be published every day of the show with updates and highlights of educational events and exhibitor displays.

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The JOURNAL from Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork™ is a bimonthly magazine, published by Putman Media, Inc., designed to educate engineers about leading-edge industrial automation methods, trends and technologies.