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Advances in Motion Control Explored at Automate 2011, March 21-24 in Chicago

(Ann Arbor, Michigan) Advances in motion control technology will be explored at the Automate 2011 trade show and conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, March 21-24.

“Motors, drives, actuators and related products that control motion are essential to building successful automation solutions,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of the Motion Control Association (MCA), one of the trade groups sponsoring Automate 2011.

“The technical sessions we’re offering at Automate will be helpful to motion control users, suppliers, and companies that develop complete solutions,” Burnstein explained.  “Conference attendees can also learn about robotics and machine vision, the other major topics explored in detail at the conference and on the show floor.”

Among the motion control sessions at Automate 2011 are:

•    Designing Motion Control Systems (Monday, March 21, 3-5 pm)
•    New Motion Control Technologies (Tuesday, Mach 22, 10 am – 12:15 pm)
•    Advanced Drive Technologies (Tuesday, March 22, 3:15 pm – 5 pm)
•    New Developments in Step Motors (Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 am to 10:30 am)
•    Energy Efficient Motion Solutions (Wednesday, March 23, 10:45 am – 12:30 pm)
•    High Speed Motion Systems (Wednesday March 23, 3-5 pm)
•    Communication Protocols for Motion Systems (Thursday, March 24, 8:30 am -10:30 am)

The Automate 2011 conference features more than 40 technical sessions, tutorials and roundtable discussions.  Over 170 companies will exhibit the latest robotics, machine vision and motion control products and solutions on the show floor.  The event is collocated with ProMat, North America’s largest material handling and logistics show.

“We expect 7500 people to walk the Automate exhibit floor and several hundred to participate in conference sessions, “Burnstein said.  “We only hold this show once every two years, so this is a great opportunity for companies in every industry to learn how these technologies can provide solutions to their challenges.”

MCA was founded in 2006 and currently represents more than 60 companies involved in motion control, including industry leaders such as Baldor, Danaher/Kollmorgen, National Instruments, Parker Hannifin, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Yaskawa.  MCA is a part of the Automation Technologies Council which also includes the Robotic Industries Association and the Automated Imaging Association.  Together these groups represent more than 575 companies from 30 nations.

In addition to Automate 2011, MCA provides quarterly statistics on the motion control market, sponsors the annual MCA Business Conference (January 18-20, 2012, Orlando), and hosts the industry’s leading web portal, Motion Control Online (www.MotionControlOnline.org).

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