Information Technology now plays a key role for almost all manufacturers, which is why CIMFocus and The Engineer are sponsoring the official exhibitors’ lounge at this year’s Computers in Manufacturing exhibition. This annual showcase for IT in manufacturing takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on November 10 12.
The exhibition’s scope has been widened to reflect ‘all of IT for all of industry’. Visitors will be able to research and test technology relating to all areas, from capturing data on the shop-floor to interpreting that data for strategic business analysis.
IT at the show will include PDM (product data management), MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems), CAD/CAM and ERP (enterprise resource planning). Over 250 vendors will be participating.
Five new sister shows, covering Networks in Manufacturing, Control Systems Integration, Process, PDM and CAM, are being run as satellite events.
An industrial debate featuring speakers from industry and government will address how UK manufacturers can compete in a global market.
A Net Pavilion will show how to get the best out of the Internet, intranets and extranets. Part of the VIP lounge will be set aside for an IT users’ club, where manufacturing managers can meet and swap ideas of best practice and business improvement.
The educational programme includes free seminars on networks and control systems, and applications for process, high-tech, aerospace and automotive markets. IT vendors and users will showcase how they have used IT to gain a competitive advantage.
CIM ’98 will include Centres of Excellence catering for automotive, aerospace, process companies, electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering IT users. Each will host a series of free seminars supported by trade associations. There will also be a business lounge, information point and consultant clinics.