Three Big Shows

Aug. 22, 2007
National Manufacturing Week, ISA Expo 2007, and Rockwell Automation Fair 2007 Event bring ideas and products together in one place for you to sort through, while you exchange information with your colleagues.

This autumn offers three chances to see the latest networking innovations, as well as opportunities to take them out for a spin with your peers.

National Manufacturing Week
As we mentioned in our Summer issue, the new owner of National Manufacturing Week, Canon Communications, has bundled the four main shows—Industrial Automation, Design Engineering, Enterprise IT, and Plant Engineering & Maintenance—together in the same venue, on the same dates, with four of its other events: Quality Expo, Assembly Technology Expo, Electronics Assembly Show, and Plastec Midwest.

The Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., Sept. 24-27, is where it all comes together.

ISA Expo 2007
ISA—The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society—will host ISA Expo 2007 on Oct. 2-4 in Houston. J.S. Arendt of ABSG Consulting, Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, and Donald W. Monell of NASA are keynote presenters for this year’s event.
Arendt will speak on safety and security at noon on Oct. 2. Truchard will explain the need to align the education system with industry’s needs for engineers on Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m., and Monell will describe modeling, simulation, and data architecture efforts for the next generation of human spaceflight.

Along with the requisite exhibition hall and keynote presentations, the show will include technology exchanges offering peer-to-peer networking and technical experts for security, wireless & networking, process automation, safety, and enterprise integration.

Rockwell Automation Fair 2007 Event
The Automation Fair 2007 event from Rockwell Automation again is a well-attended place to try out new ideas and technology to solve the challenges your company faces.

This year’s event, held Nov. 14-15 at the new McCormick Place West, focuses on advanced automation products, integrated control and information architecture, services and solutions. It offers industrial forums and labs and includes 54 technical sessions that cover 14 categories, 20 hands-on labs and more than 100 exhibitors. The emphasis is on how to improve your product’s time-to-market, increase your company’s profitability, develop asset-management and optimization strategies, and manage manufacturing business risk.

The Automation Fair event also offers the opportunity to attend 14 technical sessions that cover control design, data management, intelligent motor control, maintenance, migration, networks, power control, process control, RFiD, safety, standards and wireless.
The Automation Fair 2007 event is free to attendees. Visit for more information.

If hands-on process applications are what you’re looking for, then be a part of the 6th Annual Rockwell Automation Process Solutions User Group, which meets Nov. 12-13 and gives participants the opportunity to share their user experiences with products and solutions.

The meeting is being held at the McCormick West Convention Center. Registration fee for this event is $325 if you register by Sept. 1 and $350 after. The fee includes all sessions, refreshments, meals and Monday night’s entertainment.

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