Automate-ProMat 2019: Industrial IoT Supplier Complexity and How to Resolve

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By Dan Shey | 2Q 2019 | IN-5484


IoT's Growing Presence


Automate and ProMat have collocated for several years now when held in Chicago. Automate brings together manufacturers and system integrators across robotics, metrology, software, controllers, and other areas, showcasing new innovations and technologies. ProMat covers the manufacturing market, exhibiting some of the larger manufacturing equipment vendors and with more emphasis on distribution and supply chain operations.

Two things were striking about this year’s event. The first was that the show, while well attended, did not seem to grow much from past years. (Advertised attendance from the conference organizers continues to be “over 20,000.”) This should not be viewed as a negative because the breadth of technologies being applied to industrial markets is growing, so this event will continue to have relevance. But the show may want to reconsider its timing because Hannover Messe, with attendance of more than 200,000, was the week before.

The second was how the Internet of Things (IoT) was becoming a bigger message for many Original Equipment Man…

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