World’s Largest Manufacturers Share How Automation Has Transformed Their Operations

Nestlé, Vickers Engineering and other technology end-users will discuss how automation is driving increased efficiency, profits and safety. Manufacturers, OEMs and solution providers will convene May 22-23 in Chicago at the seventh annual Automation Conference & Expo.

January 8, 2018


How does the world’s largest food and beverage company integrate the wave of technological innovation surrounding the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0? And how does a key supplier to Toyota, Lexus and Honda use robots and advanced automation to increase revenue fivefold and double their payroll? The 2018 Automation Conference & Expo, May 22-23 in Chicago, will bring together some of the world’s best-known manufacturers who will share their experiences using the latest automation technologies. Attending the conference, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, will be professionals from process and discrete manufacturing companies, system integrators, machine builders and solution providers; this year’s anchor exhibitors are Siemens and the Lapp Group.

Nestlé’s Expert Engineer Tom Doney will explore how his company is leveraging the newest technologies. He’ll discuss Nestlé’s development of a path for machine condition monitoring, their interest in applying augmented and virtual reality, and data transmission from the factory to the cloud.  

Vickers Engineering – a key supplier to leading automotive companies as well as oil & gas, agriculture and defense manufacturers – has expanded its business and operational safety thanks to robots and advanced automation. CEO Matt Tyler will share how his organization leverages training from industry suppliers to upskill their workers and what the increased use of automation worldwide means to the average U.S. manufacturer.

Attendees will also hear presentations from Grantek Systems Integration on improving safety and productivity with the Industrial Internet of Things; Taylor Guitars on robotics and machine vision challenges; Palmer Foundry on uniting a business around process analysis data; and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences on cybersecurity.

The Automation Conference & Expo is produced by PMMI Media Group, publishers of Automation World.  Complete program details are available at or by contacting PMMI Media Group at 1-800-355-5595.

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