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Three major automation suppliers will host industry events in October. Emerson Process Management (

The 2004 Emerson Global Users Exchange Conference is scheduled for October 25-29 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, in Dallas. John Gardner, executive sponsor of the Emerson Exchange and senior vice president of Process Systems and Solutions, says the event will focus on forward direction and technology, with an expanded scope that includes all divisions of Emerson Process Management. The conference will feature over 200 workshops and 25 short courses, plus keynote speakers, management roundtables, a technology exhibit hall and nine industry business forums, covering chemicals, refining and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, food/beverage and consumer products, pulp and paper, oil and gas, power and utilities, metals/mining/cement/ glass, and contractors.

Invensys Process Systems (

Foxboro Automation (, a business unit of Invensys located in Foxboro, Mass., hosts its user conference the week of Oct. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, in San Antonio. Concurrently with the Foxboro conference, sister Invensys companies Triconex ( and Avantis ( will also hold user conferences. Keynote speakers for the conference include Eric Byres. An expert on network security, Byres is research manager of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Internet Engineering Lab, overseeing projects related to critical infrastructure protection and security. Also speaking is DeWitt Jones, National Geographic Society photographer and Academy Award nominee. Users can choose to participate in many learning experiences, as well.

Rockwell Automation (

Rockwell Automation’s annual Automation Fair will be held this year at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 27-28. More than 100 exhibitors will gather on the Expo floor, while attendees can take advantage of 49 technical sessions and 20 hands-on labs. Sessions this year include classes on process automation, management, standards, control design, data management, security, on-machine solutions, networking, power control, maintenance and safety. Specific industry tracks for specialized information are automotive, food & beverage, life sciences, packaging and material handling, and water/wastewater.

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