ABB Automation and Power World announces online education series

SmartStream digital conference
Optimizing technology for the changing face of industry on June 4, 2014

CARY, N.C. -- ABB’s Automation and Power World (APW) announces a new online education series. The first SmartStream Digital Conference, Optimizing technology for the changing face of industry, will take place on June 4. The conference will grant exclusive access to ABB’s industry-leading global experts, known as the Smart Squad and will be presented in a virtual format, making it available around the world in real time.

Best practices and practical guidance for many of your most pressing business issues online and at your convenience. Participation in the live online conference provides networking opportunities with ABB subject matter experts and industry peers, as well as an opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Attend one or more sessions of interest as your schedule allows.

All sessions will be archived and available for on-demand viewing. So, if you are unable to attend all the sessions of interest to you on the live event date, or are unable to attend the live event, you can still benefit from the valuable educational content.

Registration is no-cost for industry professionals.
APW will engage international audiences and facilitate conversations about the evolution and future of the industry. The Smart Squad will participate in online newscasts and provide a glimpse into what is happening within the industry, allowing users worldwide to ask questions and interact with ABB experts live.

June’s event will focus on automation, with a second virtual APW scheduled for October on power. For more information about the APW virtual conference on June 4, including newscast schedules, please visit

Designed to address today’s biggest business challenges for automation and manufacturing professionals, from adapting to constantly changing economic conditions to dealing with an aging workforce and infrastructure, this digital conference will provide information and ideas you can put to use immediately to improve your operations and make more effective business decisions.

The conference is organized around six timely learning tracks:
• Reliability
• Asset management
• Safety & 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

Who: Keynote Speaker – Richard Worzel, Chartered Financial Analyst and best-selling author of “Who Owns Tomorrow?”
ABB’s Smart Squad – Click here to view the entire list and schedule of panelists.
What: Conversations with global experts regarding the latest issues and global trends in electric vehicles, smart grid, solar power, robotics, and the critical challenges facing the industry. Individual sessions have been developed with focuses on process industries, discrete manufacturing, operations, technology integration and big think trends.
When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm EDT
Where: Virtual platform, available around the world. Register to join the sessions here.
Why: Members of the media and their audiences are invited to submit questions and tune in as global experts discuss industry trends, interacting in real-time with members of ABB’s Smart Squad.

About ABB
ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 20,000 people in multiple manufacturing, service and other major facilities.

About APW
ABB’s Automation and Power World (APW) SmartStream Digital Conference will present a panel of global thought leaders dubbed the Smart Squad. Throughout the year and leading up to APW, the Smart Squad will participate in trade shows and industry events that cover the latest issues and emerging trends across the power and automation spectrum. At these events, industry leaders, media and the general public will be invited to join the Smart Squad experts in napkin chats and personal discussions about the latest trends, including electric vehicles, smart grid, solar power and robotics. Exclusive access to our experts will culminate at APW, where the Smart Squad will participate in online newscasts and provide a glimpse into what is happening within the industry, allowing users to ask questions and interact with ABB experts in real time.

For more information, please contact:
Claire Simmons On behalf of ABB

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