In a first for IMTS, the well-regarded Industrial Automation show is now on site in the East Hall of McCormick Place. More commonly known as the “IA” show, the Hannover, Germany-based event has been held at a number of other venues around the world, including China, India and Russia. IMTS 2012 marks the first time the show has come to North America, and it is very appropriately co-located with this continent's largest manufacturing event.
Industrial Automation North America (IANA) is organized by Deutsche Messe AG and its U.S. subsidiary, Hannover Fairs USA. It features an exhibition of more than 100 booths displaying a wide variety of products for factory automation, microsystems technology, software and electrical systems. The event also features three conferences for executive management, plant managers, engineers and industry professionals.
“Thanks to our longstanding and excellent working relationship with AMT, we are able to bring three outstanding conferences to IANA and IMTS,” says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe AG. “We have also been working for many years with CFE Media, ISA, NFPA and Penton at Hannover Messe in Hannover, so we are very excited to work with them in their home market. Together we have created programs that complement the IMTS conference and offer IANA and IMTS attendees a great chance to keep up with the latest best-practices, solutions and technologies in manufacturing automation.”
Those conferences include:
- Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit is for senior-level global automation and manufacturing executives. Speakers from companies such as Beckhoff, B&R Automation, Lenze, Schneider Electric, and Siemens will talk about topics ranging from data security, energy management and mobility to process optimization, sustainability manufacturing and workforce development. The summit also features case studies on plant automation for profitability, asset-performance improvement and maintenance-costs reduction. It runs Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 12–13.
- Motion, Drives & Automation Conference has two tracks—“Motion Control in Automation” and “Hydraulics and Pneumatics in Automation”—that explain how to improve the efficiency, performance, productivity, lifespan and environmental footprint of manufacturing equipment and industrial automation systems. Topics include energy efficiency, equipment monitoring, machine efficiency, noise reduction, safety and security. Attendees can expect to see innovations in electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic motion systems, as well as in condition monitoring, electronic control, sensing and vision. It runs Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10-11.
- ISA Inside: Training Sessions at IANA offers one-day courses on such topics as Control Using ANSI/ISA Standards, Industrial Wireless Systems, Measurement and Control Fundamentals, Manufacturing Execution Systems, and Safety Instrumented Systems. The conference partner is the International Society of Automation (ISA), which is recognized worldwide for its non-biased, vendor-neutral education, training and standards programs for automation professionals. Sessions run Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13–14.
All IMTS attendees have full access to the IANA exhibit. Space is still available for conference sessions. You can sign up in the main IMTS registration areas or go online for a full review of IMTS conferences here.
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