ABB Automation & Power World to Launch Online Education Event

The digital conference agenda reflects results of ABB’s recent survey of customer concerns

ABB SmartStream digital conference optimizing technology

ABB’s Automation and Power World (APW) announced a new online education series. The first SmartStream Digital Conference, “Optimizing Technology for the Changing Face of Industry,” will take place live online June 4, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. The conference grants exclusive access to ABB’s global experts as they share their knowledge and experience virtually, making the information available around the world in real time.

Online presentations will offer best practices and practical guidance on today’s most pressing business and operational issues in automation and manufacturing. ABB recently conducted a survey among customers to determine their top concerns. The most pressing issues within electric utility and industry were found to be an aging workforce, cost pressures and infrastructure. In fact, more than 70% of respondents identified an aging workforce as their chief concern.

From adapting to constantly changing economic conditions to navigating challenges associated with an aging workforce and infrastructure, the digital conference will provide audiences with information and ideas that can be put to use immediately to improve operations and influence effective business decisions.

Participation in the live, digital conference provides networking opportunities with ABB subject matter experts and industry peers, as well as an opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

The conference will feature 25 sessions and 60 speakers. All sessions will be archived and available for on-demand viewing so those who are unable to attend live sessions of interest can still benefit from the valuable educational content at any time following the events. Registration is free for industry professionals.

Keynote speaker, Richard Worzel, best-selling author of “Who Owns Tomorrow?” will address how the world is changing and what manufacturers need to do about it.

The conference is organized around six timely learning tracks:

  • ·         Reliability;
  • ·         Asset management;
  • ·         Safety and compliance;
  • ·         Productivity;
  • ·         Best practices; and
  • ·         Doing more with less.

Individual sessions are developed with an industry or discipline focus including:

  • ·         Process industries;
  • ·         Discrete manufacturing;
  • ·         Operations;
  • ·         Technology integration; and
  • ·         Big think trends.

June’s event will focus on automation, with a second power-focused SmartStream Digital Conference scheduled for November 2014.


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