Pacific Design and Manufacturing – Feb 13 – 15

This show surprised all of us in a couple of ways including the number of people attending and the positive cross-over effect from the other shows co-locating at the Anaheim Convention Center. After setting up and looking around at our convention floor ‘neighborhood’ we were concerned to see that the software section amounted to about 3% of the overall exhibitor population. We could have thrown a paper airplane in almost any direction and been able to see huge medical machines, OEM electronic devices, the latest in plastics design and fabrication, as well as automation technologies. We braced ourselves for a long, slow three days.
Once the show started, we were pleasantly surprised at the traffic and the interest level in Adobe’s Acrobat 3D and ended up talking to over 600 people. Based on the results, we are likely to attend similar events in NY and Atlanta later this year. We also heard from several people that Eastec and Westec are good shows for manufacturing. If you have any ideas or thoughts about any of these shows and/or how helpful you find tradeshows, please drop a line in the ‘comment box’…