Automation & Power World 2011 was held in Orlando,(FL US) in April. This is now an annual event showcasing the products and expertise of the huge multinational group ABB.
Though we were not there we were able to follow proceedings somewhat thanks to tweets from the organisers and attendees. We are particularly grateful for the independent contributions from Control’s Walt Boyes and Automation World’s Gary Mintchel and we have included links to their blogs in the box on the right.
Numbers exceeded projected event attendance expectations according to the organisers. The conference attracted a record number of participants for any ABB event, totaling more than 4,200 attendees.
ABB Automation & Power World, #APworld for those on twitter, is a three-day, comprehensive users conference and exhibition that showcases the group’s extensive automation and power offerings and expertise under one roof, “the widest range of technologies from one company at any one conference.” The 2011 event included more than over 500 hours of workshops, customer case histories, partner presentations, and hands-on training sessions, as well as the massive exhibit hall and unique demonstration areas. Although primarily a North American affair with the increased use of social media platforms more and more people outside of that geographic area are taking an interest in proceedings at this now annual event. We reported last years event also, Power, Energy and er Automation? and there the question among the automation people there was Where is the automation? This question appears not to have been raised this time!
“We are honoured with the continued record breaking attendance of this event, and for the opportunity to host this valuable learning forum for our customers,” said Enrique Santacana, Region Manager for ABB North America and Event Chairman. “The energy, enthusiasm and optimism found throughout the entire conference this year is indicative of improving economic conditions in the industries we serve. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers and partners on how they will benefit going forward from attending this event.”
ABB designed its largest customer event for automation, robotics, industrial power and utility power users in engineering, operations, mill, plant, general management, and executive management in a wide variety of industries. Organised workshops, as well as information networking with their experts, industry experts and end user peers helped attendees share best practices, as well as learn how to reduce costs while improving their productivity and efficiency, be more competitive in today’s challenging economic environment, and build the foundation for future growth and prosperity.
The continued convergence of key market issues, such as the need to improve energy efficiency, optimize all aspects of manufacturing productivity and use of raw materials, and critical issues such as cybersecurity and process safety, have exponentially increased interest for automation and power customers.. ABB’s unique scope of supply and resident expertise addresses the entire spectrum of the energy efficiency and industrial productivity issues, from power generation and distribution to use in production and automation, as well as process reliability, efficiency and safety, and provides customers with the competitive edge they need to succeed today and in the future.
The dates and venue for ABB Automation & Power World 2012 was announced at the conclusion. The event will return to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, on April 23-26, 2012.