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Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
June 16, 2017
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Chicago – This year’s launch of Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives USA as a co-location with FABTECH will include an all-day conference tailored to expand the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to smaller manufacturers.

The 2017 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit takes place Nov. 7 at IAMD USA and will provide attendees from small- and medium-sized manufacturers with a foundation for introducing IIoT technologies to their factory floors. And it’s not just the consumer-oriented, singe “I” IoT that will be the focus of the summit, it’s a much heavier-duty IIoT, which monitors the performance of expensive, high-performance machinery and industrial processes.

The program for the 2016 summit, which drew 407 attendees, provided a general look at the IIoT as it applies to plants of all sizes. This year narrows the focus to smaller companies that may not have yet taken the plunge into IIoT, but are finding the investment to be more affordable as technology costs come down. “The adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things by small and medium manufacturing businesses is vitally important,” said Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA “This year’s Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit presenters will provide valuable insights for manufacturers who are actively looking to launch and scale IIoT solutions in their facilities.”

The summit will be part of IAMD, which launches this year and was created by the merger of Hannover’s Industrial Automation North America and Motion, Drive & Automation North America shows. FABTECH, which is owned by a partnership of manufacturing associations, is an annual show held every other year in Chicago. It reached both the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 and Fastest 50 with its 2015 show, which grew 15.8% to 732,000 net square feet and attracted more than 1,700 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees. The co-located events run this Nov. 6-9 at McCormick Place.

The three-session summit will include panel discussions on data collection, cybersecurity and assembly-oriented “discreet” manufacturing. The event also will serve as a kick-off platform for the entire show. The gathering begins with a networking luncheon on the show floor and ends with a cocktail reception.

Reach Larry Turner at (773) 796-4250 or

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