Newton, MA – October 14, 2016 – Sensors Midwest (#SensorsMW16) drew more than 2,000 engineers and engineering professionals from across the Midwest marketplace this September 27-28 to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Attendees experienced the latest sensing technology and products from 65+ exhibitors, education opportunities in Theater Sessions on the Show Floor, networking events with colleagues, IIoT University, and were able to browse the aisles of the SMTA International Expo Floor.
“Sensors Midwest was a great way to connect with others in the industry and see the availability of products that I would've otherwise not been exposed to. As a result of contacts I made there, we have already begun a business relationship with a new company that manufacturers sensors that fit our current need with customizable options,” quoted David Massner, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Molex.
Some of the industry’s top solution providers exhibited at Sensors Midwest – from Exosite, to Avnet, to CEL – and showcased the latest trends and offered solutions necessary to continue to drive growth within the sensors industry. The show floor boasted other top companies including Parker Hannifin, Tekscan, TT Electronics, LORD Sensing, and Coto Technology, amongst many other that drew in the mass of attendees walking the floor. The excitement and buzz on the show floor was evident as attendees and exhibitors alike celebrated the return of Sensors to the Midwest.
“This year's event had a terrific draw of attendees from the Midwest market,” stated Michael Kosobucki, Director of Sales, Powercast Corporation. “That allowed us to gain qualified leads for our Wireless Power Solutions and our Lifetime Power Solutions.”
“I thought it was a great show for me to learn about our competitors as well as meeting colleagues and connecting to customers,” commented Christoph Bollgen, Application Engineer at JUMO Process Control. “The quality of attendees was great, since they knew exactly what they wanted and were really interested in the products.”
All attendees were able to participate in the 2016 Education Program which consisted of Theater Sessions highlighting advancements in security, printed/flexible/wearable/weaveable sensors, IoT, and more across three tracks including Sensor Applications, Software, and Technology.
The Women in Sensor Engineering (WISE) Panel celebrated women engineers and allowed the opportunity to exchange new ideas, share best practices and challenges, and help further innovation.
- “My advice for young, female students and engineers is that the only way we learn is by making mistakes. People don’t remember you from the mistakes you make. They remember what you do after the mistakes,” commented Petrina Zaraszczak, Director, Industrial Vertical Market – Sensor Solutions, TE Connectivity.
The Future of Engineering Education Panel provided attendees with an insight into the current status of engineering education and its challenges with a well-balanced panel of professionals and academia.
- “What really helped transition from academia to industry was being part of a team throughout course work,” stated Nicholas Tiliakos, Chief Technology Officer, Innoveering.
- Paul Pickering, VP & CRO at Micralyne, led the panel on Medical Sensor Technology Applications highlighting patient care and sensor advancement in medical devices.
- How Close Are We Really to Fully Autonomous Drive Vehicles was the leading question on a panel discussion led by Moderator, Will Tu, VP – Business Development, DSP Concepts, Inc. Many companies have made promises to fully autonomous vehicles by 2020 and the challenges of those promises were discussed.
- Sensors Midwest Platinum Sponsor, Exosite, delivered a session on enabling service-delivery business models with remote sensing technology. Mark Benson reviewed how IoT device fleets are becoming more pervasive.
Best of the Sensors Midwest Awards
In conjunction with Sensors Magazine, Sensors Midwest announced the winners of the first annual Best of the Sensors Midwest Awards during the show. The awards were designed to spotlight exhibitors and their products and technology on display.
- Gold Level: Parker Hannifin for SNHS High Strain Sensor
- Silver Level: TT Electronics for HCC100x Optocouplers
- Bronze Level: Tekscan, Inc. for Nip Pressure Alignment Tool (NPAT)
- Honorable Mention: Plug & Wear for TM161604500390EP Pressure Matrix Sensor
Mark Your Calendar
Sensors Midwest 2017 will take place October 2-4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Click here to stay informed on when registration is live in the spring.
Sensors Expo & Conference 2017 will take place June 27-29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA. Click here to stay informed on when registration is live in December.
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