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Explore all facets of automation at May conference

Next spring in Chicago, technology end users and a wide variety of experts and industry professionals will return to the Automation Conference & Expo 2016 (AC&E), formerly The Automation Conference, to explore leading-edge automation technologies for engineering and management professionals within discrete manufacturing, packaging, and continuous and batch processing.

Don't miss Automation Conference & Expo May 24-25 in Chicago.
Don't miss Automation Conference & Expo May 24-25 in Chicago.

This year’s topics will include: collaborative robotics; the Industrial Internet of Things; connectivity between controls, MES, and ERP systems; IT and control system cybersecurity; remote monitoring; digital manufacturing; high-performance HMI; and overall equipment effectiveness.

Now in its fifth year and scheduled for May 24-25 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, the conference is produced by PMMI Media Group, publishers of Automation World and Packaging World. Scheduled presenters include professionals from DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute), , Dow Corning, Land ‘O Lakes, Chobani, BASF, Chevron and other global leaders in manufacturing. In addition, automation solution providers will host tabletop exhibits and Technology Workshops throughout both days of the conference.

David Greenfield, Automation World’s Director of Content and conference program architect, comments that the pace of technological change in manufacturing today makes continuing education a competitive necessity. “This year’s Automation Conference & Expo will focus on the most relevant developments in manufacturing and processing industry automation. We’ll take a look at how today’s market leaders are using collaborative robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, and remote access to control systems with mobile devices. Additionally, the issues surrounding cybersecurity permeate virtually every new application, and we’re dedicating multiple sessions to strategies and solutions related to this critical issue. This year’s program offers an outstanding education that professionals will not find anywhere else. ”

New in 2016, AC&E will offer a pre-conference event called Machine Technology Day: Safety Standards and Processes, on Monday, May 23 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. A full day educational program includes an

in-depth presentation from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, on the risk assessment process and how it can be used to address product safety and machine safety issues. The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) returns with an afternoon workshop for packaging end-users, OEMs, and automation and packaging professionals who want to learn more about implementing PackML to increase productivity, integration efficiency, and automation performance. Separate registration is required for Machine Technology Day.

Registration and details for the Automation Conference & Expo 2016 and Machine Technology Day are available at or by contacting PMMI Media Group at 1-800-355-5595.

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