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Publication Date: 08/1/2011
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Busy Show Time Season Ahead
Jacob Fattal, Publisher
September is always Show Time, and this year is no different. It starts with Autotestcon in Baltimore and then works its way from there to Chicago, where Canon's ATE Expo and all its brethren are holding forth in a new venue — McCormick Place, while IPC Midwest goes back to the Schaumburg Renaissance the same week.

October fills out the schedule nicely with South-Tec in Charlotte, North Carolina, IMAPS in Long Beach, California, SMTAI in Ft. Worth, Texas, Mexitronica in Guadalajara, Mexico, and then productronica in Munich, Germany in mid-November. It all makes for a really busy Autumn season, and we can only hope that the shows are all successful, and reflect a continuing upbeat in the electronics industry.

The biggest question mark is McCormick Place, since getting there involves leaving the comfortable confines of the suburbs around O'Hare International Airport and traveling into downtown Chicago. And then trying to get over to Schaumburg for the IPC Show. Travel by car gets to be impossible; McCormick Place has a huge parking lot, but the time involved getting there from anywhere else can be truly daunting.

Wherever possible, it's a good idea to make extensive use of the city's rapid transit system, which serves both downtown and the airport, and gets you away from clogged highways. But there's no transit station near McCormick Place, so it becomes a short taxi ride from a downtown transit station.

Will it all work? We surely hope so, because it's a big, beautiful venue. But we're still holding our collective breath, because the logistics of getting in and out of McCormick Place can be horrific.  

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