Caterpillar, Snyder’s-Lance and WestRock to Headline the Automation Conference & Expo 2017 in Chicago

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The Automation Conference & Expo 2017 will explore trends and technologies that drive increased efficiency, profits and safety for manufacturers across all industries May 23-24 in Chicago.

The Automation Conference & Expo

From core issues such as cybersecurity and interoperability, to newer concerns such as how digitalization is changing industrial business models...this year’s event will address the topics that are changing the landscape of manufacturing and processing.

This spring, technology end users, experts and industry professionals will convene in Chicago to explore the latest automation technologies at the Automation Conference & Expo 2017. Keynote speakers include representatives from Caterpillar on augmented reality; WestRock on model-based systems engineering; and Snyder’s-Lance on cybersecurity.

Now in its sixth year and scheduled for May 23-24 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, the conference is produced by PMMI Media Group, publishers of Automation World and Packaging World. In addition to the above-mentioned keynotes, attendees will also hear from industry leaders on 3D printing and advanced manufacturing; designing custom apps for data transfer; system and device interoperability and the convergence of information technology (IT) with operations technology (OT). Leading 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, “This year we’ve put together an agenda that covers an array of core issues affecting users of industrial automation. From cybersecurity and interoperability, to newer concerns such as how digitalization is changing industrial business models and the impact of augmented reality on industrial maintenance, this year’s event will address the topics that are changing the landscape of manufacturing and processing today and tomorrow.”

The Organization for Machine Automation & Control (OMAC) also returns with a pre-conference workshop on Monday, May 22nd for packaging end-users, OEMs, and automation and packaging professionals who want to learn more about implementing the packaging machine language PackML to increase productivity, integration efficiency and automation performance. Separate registration is required for the OMAC workshop.

Registration and details for the Automation Conference & Expo 2017 are available at http://www.theautomationconference.com or by contacting PMMI Media Group at 1-800-355-5595, ext. 1130.

About PMMI Media Group

PMMI Media Group is a market-leading B2B media company that produces information for processing and packaging professionals, bringing together solution providers and end users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands — Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, Packaging + Processing OEM and ProFood World— are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. PMMI Media Group also produces the Automation Conference & Expo, an annual education and networking forum, that takes place in Chicago each spring.

PMMI Media Group is owned by PMMI The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, (http://www.pmmi.org) a trade association representing more than 700 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as packexpo.com, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas,Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK Mexico, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. Learn more at http://www.pmmimediagroup.com

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