February 7, 2017

Navigating the show floor

Show planners have organized the 300,000 square feet of exhibit space into solution-specific centers. Here's a brief description of what you will find in each section.

By DC Velocity Staff

With more than 850 exhibitors expected at ProMat 2017, finding the tools, technologies, or services that interest you can be a challenge.

Show planners have organized the 300,000 square feet of exhibit space into solution-specific centers. Four of these centers—Manufacturing & Assembly, Fulfillment & Delivery, Information Technology, and the Knowledge Center—are located in the South Hall of McCormick Place, while two new-this-year centers—Autonomous Vehicles and the Sustainable Facility—will be located in the North Hall (adjacent to the co-located Automate 2017 show). Here's a brief description of what you will find in each section:

Manufacturing & Assembly Solutions Center
In this center, you will find material handling, logistics, and supply chain solutions designed for companies seeking more efficient products for manufacturing and assembly operations.

Fulfillment & Delivery Solutions Center
This center showcases solutions designed to support order fulfillment, order picking and packaging, third-party logistics, warehousing, distribution, and transportation operations.

Information Technology (IT) Solutions Center
In this center, you'll find companies offering IT solutions or consulting services that support or are integrated with manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, and supply chain processes. Among the technologies showcased here are IT and supply chain visibility solutions.

The Knowledge Center—including educational conference opportunities
ProMat's Knowledge Center offers education opportunities and resources to build awareness of what the material handling and logistics industry has to offer. In this center, visitors can choose from 100 expert-led sessions covering a broad array of material handling and logistics topics.

Autonomous Vehicles Solutions Center
Driverless (or autonomous) vehicles are leading-edge technologies that are disrupting traditional supply chains and creating more-efficient, next-generation models. This is the center where you can see, touch, and operate these solutions, including automated storage and retrieval systems, automatic guided vehicle systems, driverless trucks, delivery drones, and automated crane technologies.

Sustainable Facility Solutions Center
In this center, you'll find solutions designed to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of your 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 services, and power-regeneration technologies.

Download the ProMat 2017 floor plan