Automation Conference & Expo grows attendance and confirms 2019 event dates with a new name

The Automation Conference & Expo 2018 welcomed 300 attendees May 22-23 in Chicago, filling seats as presenters explored digital manufacturing strategies and automation technologies.

Next year's Automation Conference will have a new name, Automation World Conference and Expo.
Next year's Automation Conference will have a new name, Automation World Conference and Expo.

Technology end-users filled the ballroom at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare recently, as presenters from Tyson Foods, Taylor Guitars, Nestlé, automotive supplier AW North Carolina, Vickers Engineering, and other leading manufacturers and industry organizations shared details about how automation technologies have transformed their businesses. Topics addressed included process data analysis, remote equipment access, wi-fi networks, robotics, safety, cybersecurity, digital twins, edge computing and more. 

Three hundred industry professionals attended the conference, produced annually by PMMI Media Group, publishers of business-to-business titles including Automation World and Packaging World. The conference program is overseen by David Greenfield, Automation World’s chief editor and director of content. Two dozen automation suppliers supported the conference with exhibits of their products and services and Technology Workshop presentations.

Beginning next year, the event will be renamed the Automation World Conference & Expo. Comments Automation World Publisher Kurt Belisle, “Our name change highlights the brand that has been directing this conference for seven years. Automation World is a well-known and respected publication and incorporating our name leverages the trust and recognition we’ve earned in the automation and manufacturing community. We look forward to another successful conference in 2019 and have already begun the speaker and sponsor acquisition process.”

Dates for the 2019 Automation World Conference & Expo are May 14-15, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. Information about exhibiting, sponsoring or presenting is available at or by contacting Kurt Belisle at 815-549-1034. 

About PMMI Media Group

PMMI Media Group is a market-leading B2B media company that produces information for processing and packaging professionals, bringing together solution providers and end users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands — Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and OEM — are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. 

PMMI Media Group is owned by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, a trade association representing more than 800 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK Mexico, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech. Learn more at

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