Things to know: NMW, system integration, safety, sensors

National Manufacturing Week 2004, to be held Feb. 23-26, in Chicago, incorporates the National Industrial Automation Show and Conference. The conference program includes sessions on automation software, motion controls and sensors, using wireless technology to improve manufacturing, tools for process improvement, and much more.

By Control Engineering Staff December 17, 2003

National Manufacturing Week 2004 , to be held Feb. 23-26, in Chicago, incorporates the National Industrial Automation Show and Conference. The conference program includes sessions on automation software, motion controls and sensors, using wireless technology to improve manufacturing, tools for process improvement, and much more. Keynotes include: Jeffrey L. Bleustein, Chairman and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc. and Congressman Don Manzullo, R-IL. A “Play Your Part” rally for American manufacturing is also planned as well as a Harley give away in recognition of Harley-Davidson’s 100 years of manufacturing

System integrator s are sharpening their skills with CSIA and manufacturer affiliations, according to a recent Control Engineering Webcast. To read more about the Webcast and to register to see the archived version, click here before Feb. 3. In the Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide , more than 70 system integrators cite expertise with machine tools. Use the search function to connect at www.controleng.com/integrators (site registration required).

In related news, recent coverage important to machine control and discrete sensors includes the following articles, news and products. Topics include machine safety, distributed power, sensor company acquisition, new sensors product announcements, and discrete automation market numbers.

  • Reach for Machine Safety

  • Distributed Power Demands Safe, Reliable Controls

  • Curtiss-Wright acquires Novatronics

  • Banner’s adjustable-field laser sensors aid error proofing

  • Automation Fair 2003: 14,000 celebrate Rockwell’s 100th birthday . See more at www.controleng.com .

  • Carlo Gavazzi’s ultrasonic sensors measure distance, detect objects

  • Automation market for discrete industries to exceed $30 billion

—Mark Hoske, Editor-in-Chief, Control Engineering, MHoske@cfemedia.com