Taking in a show

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

When ProMat 2019 opens on April 8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place it will include over 950 exhibits from solution providers and a comprehensive educational conference focusing on what’s next in best-in-class solutions for manufacturing and supply chain operations. It is the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North and South America and delivers opportunities to network, learn and see cutting-edge equipment and technology in action.

ProMat exhibits represent all segments of the material handling and logistics industries, from traditional, manual equipment to computerized, automated systems/software and emerging technologies.

On the show floor

  • Displays will be segmented into six areas designed to allow visitors to focus on what’s important to them. These Solution Centres will be:
    Manufacturing & Assembly, with efficient products for manufacturing and assembly operations.
  • Fulfillment & Delivery with solutions for order fulfillment, order picking and packaging, third-party logistics, warehousing, distribution and transportation.
  • Information Technology will be for attendees looking for information technology (IT) solutions and consulting services that support or are integrated with manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and supply chain processes.
  • The Knowledge Center is designed to educate and provide resources to build awareness of what the material handling and logistics industry has to offer and is the location of the educational sessions.
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions will be where visitors come to find solutions to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of their operations. These solutions include alternative and renewable energy and fuel systems, recyclable packaging and shipping materials, energy-efficient lighting, high volume/low speed (HVLS) fans, energy efficient equipment and sensors, daylighting technologies, sustainable facility planning, and power regeneration technologies.
  • Emerging Technology includes new solutions like robotics, sensors, augmented reality wearables, automated storage and retrieval systems, self-guided and autonomous vehicles, driverless trucks, drones and Industrial Internet of Things, blockchain, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence technologies.

Jam-packed conference

The ProMat conference will include four keynotes. On April 8, Karim R. Lakhani of Harvard Business School will kick it off with a talk on Blockchain Technology for Supply Chains.

On day two participants will get to hear Closing the Supply Chain Gender Gap by Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code.

Day three begins with a panel reviewing the MHI 2019 Annual Industry Report moderated by George W. Prest, MHI’s CEO and Scott Sopher, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The final keynote is The Three Keys to Business Success – People, Process, Profit by Marcus Lemonis, CNBC’s “The Profit” and CEO of Camping World.

The Conference also includes over 100 show-floor educational seminars covering leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions that can make manufacturing and the entire supply chain work more efficiently and profitably.

The Automate Show and Conference, sponsored by the Association for Advancing Automation, is once again co-located with ProMat in 2019. The keynote speeches are co-presented by ProMat and Automate.

“Only at ProMat can attendees gain actionable insights into improving their manufacturing and supply chain operations and make meaningful connections with peers and solution providers all under one roof,” said George Prest, CEO of MHI.

“MHI has expanded the educational and networking offerings at ProMat 2019 to provide attendees with the best possible show experience and to connect them with the people, innovations and tools they need to tackle the challenges of today’s ever-changing business environment.”