4 Reasons Maintenance Technicians Should Attend ProMat 2017
ProMat is held every other year in Chicago and is the largest material handling trade show in the United States. Exhibitors include conveyor manufacturers, warehouse software developers, fork truck suppliers, storage equipment manufactures, and systems integrators.
Everyone involved in warehouse maintenance can benefit from visiting ProMat. It’s an educational experience where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your material handling hardware suppliers and see new technology that may have an application to improve your operation. Still on the fence? Here are four reasons you should consider attending.
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1. You’ll learn a lot.
ProMat has many seminars focused on all aspects of the supply chain, making it the perfect trade show for anyone involved in material handling. There are over 100 educational seminars over the course of the four-day event, on a wide range of topics.
If you’re there as a maintenance tech, you can find seminars on preventative maintenance to fork truck battery care. A facilities manager may be more interested in seminars such as finding the right WMS or one titled “Automate Your Way to Improved Retail Compliance and Eliminate Customer Chargebacks.”
There are seminars for anyone that works within a supply chain, making this a good opportunity for leadership within your company to learn more about supply chain management alongside you.
2. You’ll meet material handling experts.
ProMat is full of industry leaders specializing in every aspect of material handling. If you’re facing issues with the equipment you use in your warehouse, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with your suppliers face to face (since they will likely be there) or shop around for a new solution. Having everyone together also makes troubleshooting a lot easier: If you have a technical issue involving hardware from a number of different manufacturers, you can collaborate with all parties involved in order to come up with a solution.
3. See new technologies first-hand.
One of the great things about ProMat is that it brings together experts and businesses from around the world, facilitating an exchange of ideas. With over 800 exhibitors all being part of the material handling realm, ProMat is truly a great information gathering.
While there, you’ll see new technology that at the least will get the gears turning in your head about how you can improve operations on your warehouse or distribution center. You may even come across a product that might substantially improve your operation and show immediate returns. You can talk with those people that will help start the process implementing your ideas.
Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize with peers in your industry that may have already dealt with similar issues and provide solutions that you might not have thought of elsewhere.
4. It’s free!
With so much value crammed into a single event, you’d expect a hefty ticket price. But the great thing about ProMat is that it is completely free to attend. This is a great opportunity for you and your company to come together with industry experts and peers to develop relationships and begin thinking about how you can solve the problems that your operations regularly encounter.
ProMat 2017 takes place from April 3 to April 6 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Conveyco, a material handling systems integrator, will be exhibiting at Booth #S4840. For more information about how Conveyco can help you reach your goals, we encourage you to find us at the show.