ABB’s will host the Automation and Power World program will host a digital conference, titled Optimizing Technology for the Changing Face of Industry, June 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET. The conference will feature online presentations focused on best practices and practical guidance for today’s most pressing business and operational issues in automation and manufacturing.

ABB recently conducted a survey among customers to determine their top concerns. The most pressing issues within electric utility and industry were an aging workforce, cost pressures, and infrastructure with more than 70 percent of respondents identifying an aging workforce as their chief concern.

The digital conference is designed to provide audiences with information and ideas that can be put to use immediately to improve operations and influence effective business decisions.

Participation in the live, digital conference provides networking opportunities with ABB subject matter experts and industry peers, as well as an opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

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The conference will feature 25 sessions and 60 speakers. All sessions will be archived and available for on-demand viewing. Registration is free for industry professionals.

Keynote speaker Richard Worzel—best-selling author of “Who Owns Tomorrow?”—will address how the world is changing and what manufacturers need to do about it.

The conference is organized around six learning tracks:

• Reliability

• Asset management

• Safety and compliance

• Productivity

• Best practices

• Doing more with less


Individual sessions are developed with an industry or discipline focus including:

• Process industries

• Discrete manufacturing

• Operations

• Technology integration

• Big think trends

June’s event will focus on automation, with a second power-focused SmartStream Digital Conference scheduled for November 2014.

To register for the SmartStream Digital Conference, go here.