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ProMat 2009: Sneak Preview

Dec. 1, 2008
This information-packed event is a perfect place to learn about equipment and technologies that maximize performance.

If you want to find out what’s really happening—and what lies ahead—in material handling and logistics, you have to attend ProMat, arguably the industry’s largest and most important venue for learning, networking and researching.

The four-day exposition in Chicago’s McCormick Place will showcase state-of-the-art equipment, systems and technologies designed to cut costs and enhance productivity during these challenging times.

Sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), ProMat will feature exhibits from approximately 800 of the world’s top material handling and logistics suppliers.

Four Sets of Solutions
On the show floor, ProMat exhibits are organized into Solution Centers, allowing attendees to find and compare similar products and services in the same area.

At the Center for Manufacturing and Assembly Solutions, attendees will find component parts, attachments, equipment and systems for manufacturing. This Solution Center will also feature automated assembly support, intelligent devices, robotics, ergonomic and safety equipment, workstations, light rail and other assembly-assist equipment and systems for manufacturing facilities.

ProMat Show Hours

January 12-15, 2009
Monday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Center for Fulfillment and Delivery Solutions will showcase both traditional and e-commerce fulfillment, order assembly, thirdparty logistics, warehousing, distribution and transportation activities. The exhibitors in this Center also provide systems and services that support consumer and business direct-market strategies.

The Center for Information Technology Solutions provides attendees an opportunity to meet with representatives of companies offering software or consulting services that support manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and logistics operations.

The Knowledge Center provides educational resources and information and 100 free educational sessions right on the show floor.

So, what’s the best way to leverage the vast opportunities offered at ProMat and stay sane during the information overload? The best advice is plan, plan and then plan some more.

To help you do that, MHM has put together this sneakpreview section that you can use as a compass for navigating your way to the solutions you need now.

Workforce of the Future Pavilion
Attendees who stop by the Workforce of the Future Pavilion will learn what they can do immediately to attract, educate and retain the next generation of skilled workers. The resource center will offer visitors a better understanding of how the looming labor shortage will impact their businesses and how they can maximize employee productivity for competitive advantage.

Show goers will be able to tap the enormous resources offered by numerous organizations, including the Banner Center for Logistics and Distribution, the College- Industry Council on Material Handling Education, the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association’s Gateway program, the Warehousing Education Research Council and Auburn University’s Worker-Centric Warehouses research project.