The program includes more than 50 educational sessions. Key technical topics include condition monitoring, control design, intelligent motor control, motion systems, networks, and wireless systems. Other sessions focus on management issues such as integrating electrical CAD with machine design and bridging the technical skills gap. Safety topics include how modular, plant-floor safety systems can bolster machine and worker productivity. And presentations will also discuss how sustainable engineering and production can make operations leaner, cleaner, and more efficient.

Always a popular feature at Automation Fair, 21 hands-on labs will let attendees work with Rockwell Automation products. Basic labs cover subjects such as PLC and visualization fundamentals, introduction to integrated motion, and basic drive programming. More-advanced labs cover areas such as mechatronics in machine design, control of high-performance robots, condition monitoring, and advanced programming.

At industry forums held throughout the event, specialists will discuss business opportunities for machine builders in the automotive, packaging, mining, and other industry sectors. And user groups serving niches such as vibration and safety automation will let visitors exchange ideas, learn best practices, and get solutions to important problems affecting their businesses. Executives from Rockwell Automation and Cisco Systems will also host a keynote address explaining how combining automation and IT is opening a new era for manufacturing and production with the promise of higher profits.

The Automation Fair exhibition, held with the classes and labs, will host more than 100 companies displaying a range of products, engineering services, and control and information systems. For more information, visit rockwellautomation.com/events/automationfair.