February 7, 2017

ProMat 2017: A showcase for the latest equipment and solutions

In addition to the exhibition, ProMat will include an educational conference that features four keynote addresses, a women in the supply chain industry summit, and some 100 educational sessions.

By DC Velocity Staff

The nation's largest exhibition of material handling, supply chain, and logistics equipment, systems, and technologies returns to Chicago just as the city welcomes the arrival of spring. The every-other-year showcase, sponsored by MHI, the nation's largest material handling, logistics, and supply chain association, will take place at McCormick Place from April 3—6. MHI expects the show will draw more than 850 exhibitors as well as attendees from around the world.

In addition to the exhibition, ProMat will include an educational conference that features four keynote addresses, a women in the supply chain industry summit, and some 100 educational sessions covering industry issues like supply chain visibility, ergonomics, and worker safety as well as state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions that address these and other concerns. The sessions, which run concurrently with the show, take place in specially designed theaters constructed on the show floor. This format allows attendees to learn about various material handling and logistics solutions in the educational sessions and then actually see the equipment and systems that can implement those solutions.

For ease of navigation, the exhibit space will be divided into solution-specific centers: manufacturing & assembly solutions, fulfillment & delivery solutions, information technology (IT) solutions, autonomous vehicles solutions, and sustainable facility solutions. Exhibitors from across North America will be on hand to showcase the following technologies and services:

Material Handling and Logistics Equipment and Systems: Automated storage and retrieval systems, automatic guided vehicle systems, casters/wheels/tires, hydraulic and electrical components and controls, robotics, personnel/ burden carriers, racks, forklifts, batteries, lift trucks, flexible manufacturing systems, tool handling, conveyors, mezzanines, lift tables, scissor lifts, unit handling systems, manufacturing execution systems, warehouse management systems/ supply chain and logistics execution systems, ergonomic and safety equipment, carousels, modular drawer storage, order picking, sortation equipment, shelving and work stations, and third-party logistics services.

Packaging, Containers, and Shipping Equipment: Box and carton makers, dunnage trays, packaging and unitizing systems, wrapping, systems for inspection of products by weight or scanning, pallets, wire baskets, plastic and metal containers, and palletizing equipment.

Inventory Management, Information Technology, and Controlling Technologies: Computers, controllers, software programs, systems integrators, manufacturing execution systems, warehouse management systems/ supply chain and logistics execution systems, remote control equipment, wireless control systems, voice recognition systems, enterprise resource planning systems, order management systems, and transportation management systems.

Dock and Warehouse Equipment and Supplies: Dock levelers, dock pads, doors, forklift trucks, racks, flooring, handling systems, forklift attachments, conveyors, hoists, cranes, monorails, loading dock equipment, and below/hook lifting devices.

Consultants and Distribution System Planners: Simulators, modelers, system designers, distribution consultants, and third-party logistics services.

Automatic Identification Equipment and Systems: Bar-code printers and scanners, vision systems, voice recognition systems, radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems, and systems integrators.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Alternative fuel systems, parcel management, reverse logistics, third-party logistics services, sustainable facility solutions, supply chain and logistics execution systems, enterprise resource planning systems, transportation management systems, and inventory security services.

Autonomous Vehicles: Automated storage and retrieval systems, automatic guided vehicle systems, driverless trucks, delivery and data collection drones, and automated crane technologies.

Sustainable Facility Solutions: 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, and power regeneration technologies.

Also on tap this year are a "meet and greet" for young professionals, which will be held on Tuesday, April 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and MHI Industry Night at ProMat, an evening of music, food, drinks, and entertainment by actor and Emmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey. Industry Night will be held on Wednesday, April 5. Tickets to this event are on sale at ProMatShow.com, and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. (MHEFI). The door prize for the event is a $30,000 trip of a lifetime.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE SHOW

Pre-registration for ProMat 2017 is free online by visiting www.ProMatShow.com. The website also offers exhibitor search tools, floor plans, details on the educational conference, and travel and hotel information.

The hours for the show are:

  • Monday, April 3, 2017: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.