Reporting from San Antonio…
It’s almost time again for Emerson Global Users Exchange, which is certainly among the largest, if not the largest, single process industry user group event. This year it returns to Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, September 27 through October 1.
Emerson Process Management is one of the more progressive companies in our industry when it comes to using social networking for marketing and building user communities. Jim Cahill has been the face of that effort through his blog, which has long since spread into other online media. Last year Twitter was the big thing at the exchange, and that will continue in 2010. The San Antonio event will also branch into new directions with organized efforts to produce video coverage on site for immediate posting to YouTube.
You can now visit the Control Engineering at EGUE channel on YouTube. This will be the place to see the new productions first each day of the week. After the event selected segments will be available in Control Engineering’s video section. I’ll be at the event through the week wielding the camera. If you attend, don’t be surprised if you see us talking to someone on site about the event and what challenges he or she is facing on the job. Maybe we'll talk to you. As Norma Desmond said, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.”
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey