The 2019 event offers a feast of technology and information covering the latest control, power and IT/OT best practices for industrial automation.
Chicago is no stranger to visitors and the Windy City certainly doesn’t let its guests go hungry. Walk any direction and you’ll find opportunities to gorge on Chicago style hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, and other cuisines from all around the world. Once you’ve filled up on Chicago’s fare, head over to McCormick Place where on November 20-21 you’ll have a chance to feed your knowledge with a feast of presentations on the newest technology, critical industry topics, and best practices all designed to help industrial automation professionals improve their skill sets.
Hosted by Rockwell Automation, the 2019 Automation Fair® event is the premier industrial automation event offering unmeasurable knowledge and skill-building opportunities in just two days. With more than 150 exhibits and 400 hours of education opportunities, the Automation Fair® event lets you experience innovative technologies and trends, accelerate your expertise and skillset, and transform your business with the Connected Enterprise.
Big data and The Connected Enterprise have taken a strong hold as more manufacturers see the benefits such technology offers: faster time to market, asset optimization, lower total cost of ownership and mitigating risk. In addition, visitors will 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 95 technical sessions, 20 hands-on labs and 9 forums — all offered for free — Rockwell Automation specialists, partners, customers and other industry professionals will share what they’ve learned industrial solutions that provide working data capital for better collaboration and more profitable decisions across enterprises and supply chains.
See Technology at Partner Exhibits
Visitors can see plenty of demonstrations and reviews of the latest automation technology at the event’s exposition from Rockwell Automation and more than 100 companies in its PartnerNetwork™ program. Learn how they’re integrating technologies, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and industrial mobility, with automation control, power and information software and solutions.
With more than 110 exhibits from Rockwell Automation and its Encompass™ Product Partners, OEM Partners, Solution Partners and Strategic Alliance Partners, the Automation Fair® event offers the best chance to connect the imaginations of people with the potential of machines to help solve problems and improve operations.
The Automation Fair® event offers 20 hands-on labs, more than 95 technical sessions and 9 forums that give you opportunities to learn best practices. After you register for the event, you can sign up for 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:
- Automotive and Tire
- Food and Beverage
- Life Sciences
- Material Handling
- Metals and Mining
- Oil and Gas
In addition, the hands-on labs and technical sessions include several tracks that cover a more in-depth look at certain technologies that help deliver improved:
- Control. Learn how the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture® system provides a single control platform to streamline the time to design, develop and deliver equipment. This track will review new technology and tools available for machine builders and end users.
- Digital Engineering. Digital engineering allows designers to explore and develop innovative solutions in a virtual environment. This helps accelerate time to market, decrease commissioning costs, and mitigate risk. Sessions will cover examples of how digital engineering can be applied to automation projects.
- Information & Analytics. Learn about the latest information solutions available in a digital transformation strategy that help to maximize people, processes and technology to continuously improve operational performance and flexibility through digital manufacturing, real-time intelligence and predictive analytics. See how innovative technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence and digital twins are being used to improve manufacturing operations, workforce enablement and productivity.
- Network Infrastructure. EtherNet/IP™ supports seamless plant-wide information sharing and convergence of industrial and non-industrial network traffic, while maintaining real-time communication for control applications. Get an overview of the EtherNet/IP network and how best to design and deploy them. These sessions focus on practical recommendations for installing, commissioning, and improving the security of the networks within automation systems.
- Power, Motion & Motor Control. Learn how AC and servo drives, along with intelligent devices for motor control, feedback and protection, leverage your automation investment to reduce start-up time, save energy and optimize production. Topics include motor control technologies, installation considerations and power-conditioning techniques.
- Safety & Security. Learn about managing safety and security risks to your organization’s information, intellectual property, productivity, workers and more. This track provides comprehensive, functional approaches to machine, process and arc-flash safety applications. Learn how to develop control systems that safeguard against security threats and protect intellectual property. These sessions focus on practical recommendations for installing, commissioning and improving the security of the networks within automation systems.
- Services & Solutions. Sessions in this track will focus on helping you maximize production throughout your automation life cycle — from design and installation through operation and migration. Learn how we identify, mitigate and then eliminate the risks associated with aging equipment and the importance of modernizing and optimizing your production using hardware and software migration tools.
- Visualization & Collaboration. Information is only useful if workers can access, understand and act on it. A modern HMI connects workers to the information they need. Learn about Rockwell Automation HMI solutions that help you meet production targets, reduce waste and energy usage, improve processes, quickly resolve problems and more.
Attendance is Free
The Automation Fair® event is free, including lunch and refreshments. Registered attendees can help plan for the event using the Events ROK mobile app that will be available in early September via the iOS and Android stores.
Registration for the Automation Fair® event opens in early September. Contact your local Rockwell Automation representative or click here for registration information.
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