association affiliated with the Material Handling Industry (MHI), will host a one- day overhead crane safety-themed conference at next year’s MODEX show, which takes place 9-12 April 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Every two years MODEX, hosted

by MHI, welcomes manufacturing and supply chain professionals, who peruse the exhibits of over 800 equipment suppliers and participate in co-located seminars about relevant technologies and future-proofing businesses in the sector. However, CMAA’s Material Handling Safety Conference is revolutionary in that it will offer a whole day of world-class content on a vertical marketplace, while boasting 7 professional development hour (PDH) credits. The conference, which will focus

primarily on overhead crane safety technology and practices, will be held on the third day of the show—Wednesday 11 April—and is targeted at plant operations and maintenance staff, including managers, engineers, and crane technicians. Conference emcee Frank Petrek, group

vice president at Xtek Inc., a CMAA member company, said: “We hope to welcome as many as 200 delegates from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are associated with membership of the group; regular MODEX attendees; others who’ve found a new requirement to visit the show; and crane professionals who will be drawn by the conference and will take an opportunity to walk the aisles on the day before or after the event.” The conference will deliver information

about technology and share experiences from leading crane manufacturers, crane component suppliers, and engineering consultants, all centered on the safe and reliable operation of electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes. Delegates will be welcome from 7:30

a.m., when a continental breakfast will be available before an 8:00 a.m. keynote. Papers titled, ‘Actual Safety Events and Root Cause Segregation’, ‘OSHA Regulations and CMAA Collaboration’, and ‘Training for Crane Operators’ will all follow, even before the morning break. Four additional papers will be delivered prior to lunch, including a session on crane inspection regulations, taken by a leading industry consultant. After lunch, which is included in the

delegate price, presentations cover, among other things, collision avoidance, below-the-


hook devices, controls and fall protection. The conference concludes at 4:30 p.m. following a 30-minute Q&A session, where delegates can address any of the presenters or expand upon the issues of the day. The MODEX show floor is open until 5:00 p.m. The Material Handling Safety

Conference is priced at $525. Each attendee will receive a certificate listing the quantity of 7 PDH credits earned, although the event is not approved for PDH credit in New York, Florida, North Carolina or Oklahoma. Registration for this event will open in

January 2018. Contact to seek more information. Separately, MODEX release the following

previews of Keynote Speakers who will be appearing at the show

Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS

Hear how UPS — a worldwide leader in logistics and one of Georgia’s own – embraces innovation to anticipate tomorrow’s challenges today. Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, will discuss how UPS is involved in, responding to, and preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution enabled by the industrial Internet of Things, ongoing evolution of mobility and smart cities.

The Honorable Governor Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia

Governor Deal welcomes MODEX attendees to Georgia as he details the states’ significant investments in supply chain and transportation infrastructure for moving goods quickly and efficiently through the southeastern region.

Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management

How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy How will digital technologies such

as robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles impact business moving forward? In this fascinating


keynote, Andrew McAfee demonstrates how technology is rewriting the business playbook, and how a great deal of standard business practice is now dangerously out of date. Best practices are changing rapidly in this

time of astonishing technological progress. This fast-paced, lively, and content-rich talk explains why this is, and delivers smart guidance for the next generation of business leaders.

George W. Prest, CEO, MHI Scott Sopher, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Supply Chain Practice

This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the supply chain trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains. Scott Sopher, the principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Supply Chain practice will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI in presenting the findings and moderating a panel of manufacturing and supply chain leaders on the report’s findings. They will be joined by a panel of manufacturing and supply chain professionals to discuss the real-world significance of the report findings.

Mike Rowe, Founder of the mikeroweWORKS

In this talk, Mike Rowe gives an illuminating account of the true nature of skilled labor, and why it’s being devalued by the media, advertising, and even the government. What lessons can we learn about teamwork, determination, efficiency and our definition of success? With conviction, humor and humanity, Mike Rowe reminds us of the enormous but forgotten benefits of hard, honest work and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure to the economy.<

Double Acquisition for Ben-Mor

> Ben-Mor is proud to announce their newest acquisition of two leading companies in the rigging and lifting industry. The acquisition of Saturn Industries Ltd. and Roughrider Rigging became official as of September 30th, 2017. The acquisition of these two companies will allow Ben-Mor to expand its range of specialized lifting equipment with exclusive products. Saturn Industries is located in Winnipeg

and Roughrider Rigging is located in Regina and Saskatoon. Saturn Industries is

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