Chem Show, Automation Fair highlight October trade events

Occupying the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Chem Show 2007 features the nanotechnology and nano-bio convergence symposium and workshop, a gathering to discuss the continuing emergence and application of this cutting-edge technology. Some of the top nanoscientists and business leaders in the world will be on hand to discuss the ramifications of nanotechnology and ...


Occupying the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Chem Show 2007 features the nanotechnology and nano-bio convergence symposium and workshop, a gathering to discuss the continuing emergence and application of this cutting-edge technology. Some of the top nanoscientists and business leaders in the world will be on hand to discuss the ramifications of nanotechnology and its role across industry. Also debuting at the show is the Outsourcing Services and Contract Manufacturing Pavilion, which will include companies that provide services ranging from research and testing to manpower, logistical support and project management, to name a few.

Automation Fair 2007, sponsored by Rockwell Automation, arrives for a two-day stay at Chicago’s McCormick Place Nov. 14. With 20 hands-on labs, more than 50 technical sessions and more than 100 exhibitors, the show is sure to cover a broad range of applications. Lab topics range from basic drive programming to optimizing motion sizing and selection to building batch solutions in integrated architectural framework. Attendance for labs is first-come, first-served. Registration for each lab opens one hour prior to the lab’s posted start-time.

A series of two-hour workshops will feature in-depth demonstrations and presentations on a number of topics, given by industry experts. Among the topics are optimizing control system performance, power control harmonics and power factor and legacy distributed control system migration.

Technical sessions are offered on topics such as wireless, control design, intelligent motor control and migration, among several others. Visit for more details.

Here’s a roundup of several other major shows coming up in the next few months.

  • MESA International ’s 2007 Plant-2-Enterprise Conference is Sept. 16-18 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL. Themed Integration to Innovation, the three-day event kicks off on Sunday with a selection of optional workshops and training sessions, culminating in a welcome reception. Monday’s Keynote features Peter Fingar, executive partner of Greystone Group.

  • ISA Expo 2007 will be organized around six core automation and control exchanges when it arrives at Houston’s Reliant Center Oct. 2-4. The exchanges cover safety technology, process automation technology, environmental and quality control technology, enterprise integration technology, security technology and wireless and networking technology.

  • The Material Handling Industry of America ’s annual meeting is in Savannah, GA on Sept. 29-Oct 3. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Steve Ford, actor and son of former President Gerald Ford; and Don Reynolds, appointed by President Bush as pension board chairman. A variety of educational sessions and a number of social events are scheduled.

  • The National Safety Council ’s 95th Annual Congress & Expo is at Chicago’s McCormick Place Oct. 15-17. Headlining a large group of keynote speakers is former Secretary of Homeland Security and former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, who will speak during the opening session on Monday, Oct. 15. More than 800 exhibitors will participate in the expo, and 140 technical sessions and 32 professional development seminars will be offered.

  • Returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center Oct. 15-17, PackExpo packs in a Brand Protection Center along with pavilions specifically catering to RFID, containers and materials and contract packaging. A new Design for Profit pavilion focuses on taking packaging design from concept through implementation.

  • Also appearing in Las Vegas Oct. 15-19, InfraMation 2007 comes to the Orleans Hotel. The eighth annual conference covers infrared technology and helps attendees recertify their Infrared Training Center thermography certification. Attractions include an IR camera checkup clinic and numerous short courses and technical presentations, including user-led presentations on infrared applications, training clinics and panel discussions. .

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