Attending Rockwell’s Automation Fair November 18-19th in Chicago? Or the Process Solutions User Group November 16-17th? So are we – below are some helpful tools for attending the events and having a great time in Chicago when you’re not at the conference.
- Download the automation fair program guide
- Where: McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, Il.
- Process Solutions User Group: Mon, Nov. 16th & Tues, Nov. 17th 8:00a – 5:30p
- Automation Fair: Wed, Nov. 18th – 8:00a – 5:30p | Thurs, Nov. 19th – 8:00a – 4:00p
- Shuttle Schedule: Buses run every 20-30 minutes
- Morning shuttle: 6:00am – 10:00am Monday – Thursday
- Afternoon shuttle: Mon (3 – 8p), Tues (2 – 7pm), Wed (3 – 7p), Thurs (2 – 8p)
- between the following hotels:
- McCormick Place West
- Hilton Chicago
- Palmer House Hilton
- Hyatt Regency Chicago
- Sheraton Hotel and Towers
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
- between the following hotels:
Rockwell Automation Fair 2015 Important Information
Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) 2015 Important Information
- Download the PSUG Agenda
- Registration page (cost to register $0)
- Agenda Builder
Things to do in Chicago
Having attended several shows in Chicago before, we have built up a list of favorite restaurants and night-life activities. Check out the interactive map below to explore some of our favorite after-show activities. Use the menu button in the upper left corner to toggle between lists of restaurants, music venues, sites to see and places to shop.
Tips and Tricks to getting the most out of your visit
- You can get 20% off if you use an airport shuttle from Go Airport Express and the Automation Fair booking code/number: 1-888-284-3826 or www.airportexpress.com code AUTOMATION
- Get on the earlier shuttles to get to the show before the crowd. More one-on-one time and less jostling equals a better show experience.
- Use the free shuttles for the show to take you close to dinner destinations instead of back to your own hotel
- Make reservations at popular restaurants, or leave the show early to beat the crowd
- Plan your day at the show ahead of time, or use the mobile app, so that you aren’t walking back an forth to find certain vendors. Plan a direct route that doesn’t overlap efforts.
- Be selective with badge scans – each scan probably means an email, and you don’t want to lose the important contacts in the clutter.
- Use Uber to call rides directly, instead of trying to hail a cab. Remember: You rate your Uber driver after the ride but they also rate you, so be a good passenger to get matched with good drivers. We recommend downloading the app before you leave for your trip.
- Carry cash for cover if you plan to go bar hopping – most bars and music venues will charge a door fee
- Leave the airport at least three hours ahead of time; Chicago O’hare is a very busy place and Midway takes a while to get to.
Interesting Automation Links
- PLC-5 is no longer supported by Allen Bradley. What should you do? Convert to ControlLogix
- What and when should you automate in your plant? How can you tell the difference between a good automation investment and a bad one? An automation expert gives advice on this tough subject.
- Do you have other obsolete controls? We can help convert your controls platform to a newer platform.
- What does an ever-more automated manufacturing landscape mean for your facility? How should you navigate the challenges of adding vision systems, robots, and advanced automation software to your operations? Learn how the automation landscape is changing and what it means for you.
- Having problems with your process controls? Check out our eight steps to de-bugging your process control system.
- Why the human element of automation is as important as ever
- Remote Access – should you install it or does it expose you to security threats? We asked an automation expert, and here’s what he had to say.
- PLC vs. DCS – which is better in what situation? What are the pro’s and cons? View the chart.