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Las Vegas Trade Show recap: January 2016

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know we try to update after every show. But this year we are short staffed and just don’t have the time so I thought we’d recap at least the month of January in one post.

One of the best shows for geeks like the B-T-B team is #CES2016 – What’s new in the world of consumer electronics. This year 3D printing continued its domination of the show but healthcare apps and drones were also a huge presence. But the big announcement that dominated the show was the  reveal of the Faraday Futures electric cars CES2016_Faraday_Futuresthat are going to be built in North Las Vegas. Also turns out all 3  candidates for the Dem President were in Vegas and at CES. It was pretty wild.

Other shows we attended were NSSF’s #ShotShow 2016 – I did manage to snag a cute pic of  a service dog whose owner was thoughtful enough to equip with noise cancelling ear protection at the firing range.ShotShow

Lots of celebrities show up at the Shot Show – mostly what they have are new gear and accessories. It’s expanding to include other outdoor sports besides just guns and rifles.  Lots of survival gear and various groups trying to get new members. I am trying to objectively view a show that I attend for work purposes but disagree with the content.  Of course I have no problem attending AVN which was held at the same time this year. Perhaps that was intentional due to the fall off of interest from the CES attendees in previous years and the resurgence of rhetoric that have made the exhibitors at ShotShow wealthier and more likely to spend $$ looking at their dream girls. Who knows.

Some of the other highlighted shows are Design Week in Vegas – Combining Surfaces, KBIS & IBS with the Las Vegas Market. It is an visual overload of what’s new in commercial and home design. We try to spend at least one day at each event but this year we were contracted to orchestrate a social media event called a blog-around where a group of bloggers in home design were invited to visit designated booths, collect swag and get a preview of whats new in appliances, accessories and furniture. We started the morning with cupcakes and champagne – and ended with cocktails. Great & fun event.

We ended the month with World of Concrete – everything you ever wanted to know about aggregates could be found there. Again this year recycled concrete and renewables dominated  the show – many new apps that helped with time management to load measurement and tracking.

 

We have more pics but must hit the show floor tomorrow. – Thanks for reading check back for updates. and don’t forget to share this blog with your colleagues. ##

 

 

New Orleans: International Workboat Show –

At the International WorkBoat Show, over 1,000 marine product and service suppliers exhibited their watery wares. The conference had strands on Business Management (“Explore the various challenges and opportunities that come with running a maritime business); Safety (“For most marine operations, maintaining a safe workplace is a top priority and an ongoing challenge, requiring updates on current standards, best practices, and new maritime safety solutions”; Technical (“The marine industry is a constantly evolving technological environment, showing how the latest innovations can bring efficiency and enhance quality from the corporate office to the vessel engine room”); plus Legal and Regulatory (“Understand marine law, current rules and regulatory trends, and learn the status of key pending legislation so you can plan ahead to keep your business in compliance”). Remember, the Sea is a harsh mistress, and seafarers must obey her laws…. #wbmr15 #workboatshow

San Diego: IPC APEX EXPO

IPC, we hear, is “the Association connecting electronics industries”. For more than a half-century, IPC has been guiding the electronic interconnection industry through dramatic changes. A global trade association dedicated to the competitive and financial success of its more than 3,500 member companies, IPC represents all facets of the industry including design, printed board manufacturing, and electronics assembly and test. So how are those industries doing these days? As of December, sales growth was flat in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) segment of the North American electronics industry, but slight declines were seen in bare printed circuit board (PCB) and semiconductor sales, and in US new orders for electronics products. Semiconductor sales seem to have plateaued after a strong run-up in the second half of 2014. New orders for electronic products tend to lead sales by about one month.   But some trends indicate greater demand than supply, someone figured out, and that fact may be a precursor of strengthening sales growth in the PCB industry in 2015. Oh my, these consumers are just SO DEMANDING…   #IPCAPEXEXPO

San Francisco: Photonics West & BiOS – SPIE

SPIE Photonics West & BiOS?  The BiOS part stands for Biomedical Optics Conference, and this was the #1 laser and photonics conference, fielding 20,000 attendees, two exhibitions, 1,250 exhibiting companies, and 4,700 papers.  Course subjects ranged from core fundamentals in optical & optomechanical design and engineering to intermediate and advanced topics across a wide spectrum of optics and photonics technology.  SPIE provides educational resources to introduce the fascinating and rapidly expanding fields of optics and photonics into the classroom.  Attendees could build on research and theory from the technical conferences with application-focused training, and learn from instructors with deep knowledge and real-world experience in their respective fields.  The Hands-On Optics program brought science education enrichment to thousands of underrepresented middle school students in more than ten states, including female and minority students, who typically have not been the beneficiaries of science and engineering resources and investments.  Optics-wise, a new way of — um — looking at things…  #SPIE

Las Vegas: World of Concrete

A few more photos from #WOC2015

Las Vegas: World of Concrete

We love the idea of a “World of Concrete”, the show title conjuring up mental images of whole vast landscapes made from sand and cement, with concrete trees interspersed between the concrete buildings….  But seriously, 674,000+ net square feet of indoor & outdoor exhibit space and over 1,400 exhibitors make WOC a pretty serious affair, the industry’s only annual international event designed specifically for commercial concrete and masonry professionals.  The outdoor exhibit areas alone, including the popular Artistry in Decorative Concrete, make this expo worth the visit.  Targeted areas of the show floor focused on areas of the industry such as the Producer Center, Technology for Construction, WOC General and Material Handling, World of Masonry, Concrete Repair & Demolition, Surfaces & Decorative, WOC General, and Outdoor.  Delegates could see, touch and test the latest products under real-world jobsite conditions.  All in all there were some pretty “concrete advantages” in attending….  #WOC2015

Anaheim: Automation Fair – Rockwell Automation

The Rockwell Automation Fair is, we heard, about “how The Connected Enterprise can help achieve faster time to market, optimize assets, lower the total cost of ownership, and improve enterprise risk management”.  Clear?  Okay, if I tell you it’s a show that homes in on “how flexible, scalable automation solutions can lower costs and improve overall performance”, better?  And how sustainable production practices can increase your competitiveness and help you better manage energy and materials costs,… you’re getting this, right?  Well, okay, fine, let’s just say it’s a Rockwell thing.  With over 100 exhibits, you could take advantage of automation expertise from Rockwell Automation, providing comprehensive solutions from industry leaders in distribution, systems integration, machine building, and complementary technologies.  There were industry forums, user group meetings, hands-on labs, technical sessions and demonstrations to expand knowledge and use of the latest control, power and information technologies.  Rock(well)’n’Roll!!  #AutoFair