Early 2005 seminars, exhibitions, conferences in motion

Keeping current on sources of technical information and continued education remains vital in 2005 to professionals working in the motors, drives, and motion control arena. Here are some upcoming events that include seminars, courses, and exhibits to keep in mind.


Keeping current on sources of technical information and continued education remains vital in 2005 to professionals working in the motors, drives, and motion control arena. Here are some upcoming events that include seminars, courses, and exhibits to keep in mind. More detail and contact information is provided below about National Manufacturing Week , EASA seminars , Electric Automation America , and PCIM Europe .

Multiple, concurrent trade shows of the 15th National Manufacturing Week in Chicago’s McCormick Place (March 7-10, 2005), particularly the National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS), will offer opportunities to learn about products of more than 1,000 exhibitors first hand, and attend one or more of 300 conference sessions in 10 tracks that include motor and motion-control topics. New this year is the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) has announced three seminars on its spring 2005 schedule. “Fundamentals of DC Operation & Repair Tips” (March 18-19, 2005; Denver, CO) will cover dc machine theory and operation—with topics that range from testing and winding of armatures, fields, interpoles, and compensating windings to machine balancing, assembly, and final testing. “Mechanical Repair Fundamentals of Electric Motors” (April 22-23; St. Louis, MO) will focus on mechanical aspects of motor repair, including basic materials and their characteristics, motor loading and stresses, and the most common failure modes, along with recommended repair methods. “Root Cause Failure Analysis” (May 6-7; Cleveland, OH) will look at both common and unusual motor failures, providing a method to find the most probable cause.

Debut of a special-interest exhibition and a conference, SPS Electric Automation America , is set for May 24-26, 2005, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (Chicago), IL. The exhibition will cover all aspects of electric automation and motion control products, while the conference program, which runs May 23-26, will offer comprehensive treatment of automation, machine control, and motion control technologies.

PCIM Europe 2005 International Exhibition & Conference (June 7-9; Nuremberg, Germany) provides expert coverage on the fields of Power Electronics, Intelligent Motion, and Power Quality through paper presentations, panel discussions, and vendor exhibits. Topics range from the latest developments in power semiconductors, passive components, and thermal management to servo technology, sensors, and energy management. PCIM Europe is represented in the U.S. by Santana Communications International .

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering, fbartos@reedbusiness.com

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