Well, it's show time
again! National Manufacturing Week 2004 kicks off later
this month on February 23 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The campaign for this year's show is "Play Your Part" -
Rally for American Manufacturing...trying to get the nation to
pay more attention to manufacturing and it's contributions to
overall economic growth and prosperity. The secretary of
commerce, Don Evans, along with industry experts and some
celebrities (yah, right) are scheduled to appear.
I registered a few
weeks ago, both as an attendee and as press (since we publish a
ton of news on our site). That way, I can swap badges as
the need arises...sometimes it's better to be a member of the
press, sometimes not. Just yesterday, I made my travel
arrangements. It's a very inexpensive flight from
Minneapolis to Chicago (Midway, of course)...only about $175.00.
For me, the cheap flight makes it a no-brainer to attend.
Automationtechies.com exhibited a few years ago, I'm still on
the "potential" exhibitor list. As a result, I frequently
receive solicitations. Apparently, they (Reed Exhibitions) is really trying to get more exhibitors this year.
According to their web site, barely 100 companies are exhibiting
in the Industrial Automation area. Yesterday, I received a
message from a Reed representative claiming that 25,000
attendees have already registered for the Industrial Automation
portion of the show. Really? That would be
something. With that many attendees, the few exhibitors
should have a field day with the huge number of leads.
If you plan on
heading to Chicago, you've got to check out the
The Siemens Exider train has traveled the globe drawing hundreds
of people at every stop for the past 18 months, and has already
visited more than 22 countries and 120 cities during its tour.
The Exider is due to inaugurate its 10-city U.S. tour with a
show-stopping appearance on the exhibit floor at the National
Industrial Automation Show in Chicago, February 23-26th.
This 1000 foot-long traveling exhibit is an exciting,
interactive, technology-focused event scheduled to appear in a
city near you starting early next year.
is celebrating their 10th anniversary at the show. They
typically don't exhibit at trade shows, but this year they're
pulling out all the stops. Join them for technical
demonstrations, and see displays and literature for new
products, including Fuji Electric motor controls, Marathon
MicroMAX motors, relays, signal conditioners and more. And the
best part - free food! Visit their Hospitality Desk for A.M.
wake-up coffee and brownies, and P.M. popcorn and a refreshing
glass of water.
And, don't forget to
see some of the new products at
National Instruments, Citect, Wago, Dolch Computer Systems,
Pilz Automation and Moxa Technologies.
As usual, I'll give
you my full, unofficial report the week after the show.