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The 50th annual National Plant Engineering Show is more exciting than ever, with new pavilions, first-rate conference program, and exciting speakers and special events.


The 50th annual National Plant Engineering Show is more exciting than ever, with new pavilions, first-rate conference program, and exciting speakers and special events.

This year, the Plant Engineering Show takes up residence in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. The Show joins three others -- National Industrial Automation, National Industrial Enterprise, and National Design Engineering -- to create National Manufacturing Week (NMW), the most comprehensive forum for technology, innovations, and solutions for manufacturing in North America. All attendees can cross over from one show to another to get the most out of their visit to NMW.

Special-focus product pavilions make it easy to find specific information. The Buildings and Grounds pavilion and Material Handling & Logistics pavilion are new this year. They join the Energy Management & Power, Fluid Handling, Lighting, Maintenance Software, Safety/Health/ Environmental, and Tools pavilions. The pavilions make it easy to find what you are looking for by gathering all of the applicable products and technologies together in one area.

The NMW Conference program has been reengineered this year with eight focused tracks that address the key role of technology in manufacturing's future. The total number of sessions offered has more than doubled from last year, giving attendees a more focused look at the topic of the sessions. (See our conference overview for sessions of interest to plant engineering professionals.)

Many special events are scheduled for each day at the Show. Monday is Sports Day, where attendees can meet champion race car driver Al Unser, Jr., and his Penske race car in Booth 9473. Tuesday's Industrial Distribution Day features a luncheon, free networking reception, and presentation by Commerce Secretary William M. Daley. On Wednesday, attendees can blast off with NASA at Space Exploration Day. A staff of NASA engineers delivers the keynote presentation, which is open to all NMW attendees.

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The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Setting internal automation standards
Knowing how and when to use parallel generators
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

Annual Salary Survey

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

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