NMW 2006 opens with conference sessions on sensors


Rosemont, IL —With a full day of technical conference sessions and a keynote address examining “What’s behind Chinese competitiveness,” National Manufacturing Week 2006 got underway yesterday. NMW 2006, focusing on manufacturing in the global marketplace, is taking place this week in Rosemont (Chicago), IL at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

More than two-dozen sessions Monday covered a range of topics in the areas of design engineering, plant engineering, industrial automation, enterprise IT, and management. They are among 250 presentations offered this year at the event. Some 1,000 exhibitors are also on hand, displaying the latest in products and services. Exhibits open this morning.

Yesterday’s conference line-up of automation and controls topics included “Fundamentals of sensor technologies,” “Fundamentals of photoelectric and proximity sensors,” and “Web-based process monitoring and reporting.” Speaking at the inaugural keynote, Colin Wu, President, China Business Sources, asked if cheap labor or something else was the determining factor for Chinese competitiveness in manufacturing, and addressed how U.S. companies might compete with Chinese companies.

Today’s agenda again includes more than a dozen sessions on automation and control topics. They will concentrate on industrial Ethernet, embedded technologies, robotic automation, and cooperative collaboration programs. In Tuesday’s keynote, Tommy Thompson, former health and human services secretary, and Doug Engel, vice chairman and U.S. manufacturing industry leader of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, will examine structural costs that offer solutions for executives dealing with ways to manage the costs.

NMW 2006 continues through Thursday. Visit the Control Engineering Website for more coverage of the show and conference.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, jkatzel@reedbusiness.com

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