Industrial Internet of Things Focal Point for Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit at 2016’s Industrial Automation North America

Senior level discussions about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will be the focal point for the Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit held during Industrial Automation North America 2016, which is co-located at IMTS from September 12-17, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Themes for the one-day conference on Wednesday, September 14 revolve around cloud-based manufacturing, robotics and maintenance.

Presenters will cover a wide range of topics from IIoT trends to the adoption of robotics and standards. The line-up of speakers and topics scheduled to appear include:
• Luncheon Keynote Address: Industrial Internet of Things: Jack Nehlig, president & CEO of Phoenix Contact USA - a discussion of his company's initiatives on the Industrial Internet of Things, both as an industry supplier and as a manufacturer.
• Cloud-based manufacturing: Setting the standard: Representatives from GE, Schneider Electric and others - an overview of industry attitudes toward and adoption of IIoT in manufacturing and panel discussion of how those standards will be achieved.
• Robotics: Rise of the Machines: Mike Jacobs, chairman of the board of the Robotics Institute of America (RIA) & Rick VandenBoom of Applied Manufacturing Technologies - an industry overview on the adoption and use of robotics in manufacturing and panel discussion.
• How maintenance and Big Data can co-exist: Sal Speda, research director Discrete Automation of ARC Advisory Group, Franz Gruber, founder and CEO of FORCAM, and Aurelio Banda, president and CEO for North America of Beckhoff Automation - a panel discussion on maintenance in the age of IIoT.
"As IIoT accelerates across the world, strategic discussions about trends, best practices and core needs remain essential," said Larry Turner, president/CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE. "The dynamic range of speakers and topics at this year's summit offer senior leaders an opportunity to keep pace and participate in these important advanced manufacturing conversations."

For more information and to register, visit: Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit.

About Industrial Technology Events North America
Industrial Automation North America, MDA North America, ComVac North America, Industrial Supply North America, and Surface Technology North America are organized by Deutsche Messe's U.S. subsidiary, Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.. The five events run parallel to IMTS 2016 and belong to Deutsche Messe's HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide portfolio.

About Deutsche Messe AG
From its headquarters in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe AG plans and stages leading capital goods trade fairs around the globe. The company ranks among the five biggest tradeshow organizers in Germany, with projected revenue of 329 million euros in 2015. The company's event portfolio includes such world-leading events as CeBIT (digital business), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA/LABVOLUTION (biotechnology and lab technology), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). With approximately 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

About Hannover Fairs USA
Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA) develops and manages marketing programs at Deutsche Messe events in Hannover, Germany and the United States, as well as in such key emerging markets as China, India and Turkey. Working closely with its clients, Hannover Fairs helps them maintain their competitive position on and off the event floor. The company's programs reflect the global scope of Deutsche Messe's activities.

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