Five events showcase best of IT

{{Dates: 26-28 OctoberVenue: NEC, BirminghamOpening times: 10.00am-5.00pm dailyNumber of exhibitors: 300More information: hotline: 01203 426505}}

The five events making up CIM 99 offer a chance to assess the full range of IT products available to industry

This year’s Computers in Manufacturing show (CIM 99), being held at the NEC in Birmingham from 26-28 October, promises to be a showcase of `all IT for all of industry’. Show organiser Independent Exhibitions expects more than 300 vendors to participate.

To help visitors find vendors and topics of interest easily, the show is divided into five segments.

The core of CIM 99 will consist of vendors of manufacturing management software such as enterprise resource planning and advanced planning and scheduling. Companies exhibiting include Baan, Exel Computer Systems, Glovia, Intentia, JBA, Max International and SSA.

The four satellite events are Networks in Manufacturing, Control Systems Integration, Design Technologies (which includes CAM 99 and PDM 99) and Process IT.

Networks in Manufacturing will focus on electronic commerce and the internet. To explore the internet’s potential impact on industry, a series of discussions called Net Visions in Manufacturing is being sponsored by Cisco. Vendors, consultants and users will predict trends in internet use over the next five years. Areas to be covered are: manufacturing and electronic commerce; enterprise resource planning; make-to-order and supply chain management over the web; the internet’s impact on small and medium-sized companies; and designing on the internet.

The second satellite event, Control Systems Integration, concentrates on vendors which supply products to improve control of production processes. The focus will be on products for integrating shopfloor control systems with enterprise resource planning systems, allowing managers to access up-to-date information more easily. Exhibitors here include GE Fanuc, Invensys, National Instruments, Omron, Siemens and Wonderware.

The Design Technologies event, sponsored by Compaq and the Computing Suppliers Federation, covers IT systems used in product development, including CAD, CAM and product data management. Exhibitors include Autodesk, Delcam, Parametric Technology, Radan, SDRC, SolidWorks and Unigraphics.

The Process IT event looks at the IT needs of the process industries. It includes vendors of systems for plant, such as supervisor control and data acquisition, and for administrative functions such as enterprise resource planning. Exhibitors include Foxboro, Invensys, Ross Systems and SSI.

Other shows being held alongside CIM 99 are Manufacturing Week, Tooling, PPE and Inspex.