Special Show Coverage
Newly reunified ISA 2001, Sept. 10-13, in Houston, Tex., will feature more than 700 exhibitors, technical and emerging technology conferences, applied motion control and sensors-for-measurement symposia, and product pavilions.
S imilar to a pair of binary stars rotating in each other's gravity until they slowly merge into some new form, the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA, Research Triangle Park, N.C.) has recombined its annually rotating exposition and technical events into one show.
Expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors to more than 700 exhibitors, ISA 2001 will be held on Sept. 10-13 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Houston, Tex.). Highlights of this year's combined edition will include:
a 100-session, 23-track ISA 2001 Technical Conference. Tracks topics include automatic control systems, analysis, safety, computer technology, electro-optics, management, process measurement and control, robotics and expert systems, standards development and publications, device-level interfaces, networking and wireless communications, and test and measurement. "This year's tracks are organized by industry, rather than by several broad technology areas. This gave us more tracks that were better defined," says Alan Wegener, ISA's associate executive director for meetings, exhibits, and corporate services.
an Applied Motion Control Symposium and Product Pavilion, sponsored by the Association of International Motion Engineers (AIME). It will feature advances in digital signal processing, control algorithms, and PC and open system designs. The symposium also includes a Motion Control Forum, where visitors can discuss the industry's future with representatives of 10 motion companies, including Automation Intelligence, Mannesman Rexroth Indramat, Parker Hannifin's Compumotor division, and Rockwell Automation's Motion Control division. Products in the motion control pavilion will include machine and motion control, drives, motors, software, and communications; and
20 speakers from eight countries presenting IMEKO's Special Millennium Sessions, which will be held in cooperation with the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) over three days.
Though organized with a separate registration and admission fee, the simultaneous ISA Emerging Technologies Conference (ETCON) will focus on the future of instrumentation, systems and automation, and will feature 40 presentations in four tracks by research and development and academic professionals on product design, development issues, and technical strategies. Track themes include advanced communication and security; advanced control and automation; advanced manufacturing and design; and sensors for measurement and control symposium.
Registrants for ETCON will be able to visit any ISA 2001 conference session; have free admission to the larger show's exhibits; and can talk one-on-one with industry experts about recent technology developments.
ETCON will also include a Measurement and Analysis Symposium and Product Pavilion. Its speakers will focus on sensor developments and uses. Presenters will review designs and provide current research results on optical and imaging technology, MEMs, bio-instrumentation, and other new technologies.
Innovations, training, job fair
Supplementing its extensive exhibits, ISA 2001 will also hold its Innovators Center and New Product Showcase events to further highlight exhibitors' solutions and services.
In addition, Rockwell Automation will stage a Complete Automation pavilion with exhibits incorporating Encompass program partners on the convention center's third level.
In conjunction with its traditional training and education program, ISA will offer 30 of its most popular courses during ISA 2001. These will cover wireless communications, Fieldbus, Ethernet and TCP/IP, enterprise integration, and other topics.
Engineers and technical professionals seeking new or better jobs will be able to visit ISA 2001 Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the convention center. Attendees will be able to meet face-to-face with representatives from national and regional manufacturing companies recruiting various levels of instrumentation, systems and automation professionals. ISA members can upload a resume for review by potential employers before and during the event.