Automation Fair celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Published:  22 November, 2011

Manufacturers, machine builders, partners, industry analysts and media from around the world will meet Nov. 16-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Automation Fair event hosted by Rockwell Automation. The Automation Fair event provides manufacturing business leaders the opportunity to learn about smart, safe, sustainable solutions that can help optimise plants, improve machine performance and manufacture products in a more sustainable manner.

“The Automation Fair event features the industry’s largest selection of technical sessions, hands-on labs and industry forums,” said Keith Nosbusch, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “Attendees can take advantage of automation expertise from Rockwell Automation and our Partner Network, providing access to a comprehensive set of industry leaders in distribution, systems integration, machine building and complementary technologies.”

Industry-Focused Events Fill the Week
During industry forums, attendees will hear firsthand from specialists and customers about the latest automation solutions for the: automotive, energy, food and beverage, global machine builders, metals and mining, oil and gas, and water wastewater sectors.

As part of the week, Rockwell Automation also will host the Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) and the Safety Automation Forum events on Nov14 and 15 for attendees interested in exchanging ideas, learning best practices and seeking solutions for their process and safety needs. Attendees can register online at

Manufacturing Perspectives Brings Together Industry Leaders
Prior to the Automation Fair event, industry journalists and analysts will gather on Nov 15 for Manufacturing Perspectives, a global media forum. Attendees will learn about the leading topics in manufacturing technology and automation through presentations and panel discussions featuring industry specialists.

Robert D. Atkinson, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based technology think tank, will deliver the first keynote address at Manufacturing Perspectives. Atkinson’s presentation will explain the role innovation and technology can play in generating economic growth and implementing public policy. His keynote will be followed by a panel of industry leaders that will identify and discuss the role automation technology will play in the future of manufacturing.

William Strauss, senior economist and industry economic advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will provide the second keynote address, focusing on the economy. Strauss teaches at the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies where he was honoured with the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Business and Professional Programs. This keynote presenter will be followed by an industry panel that will discuss the future of the manufacturing workforce.

PWE will be reporting directly from Chicago on the latest developments from the 20th Anniversary Automation Fair.


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