I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 NAEC United Convention. It was a great event. Every four years there is a United Convention which brings together the US and Canadian trades groups, NAEC and CECA. This year the IAEC[consultants] where a partner in the convention. This is a good way for contractors, suppliers and consultants to get together and share experiences, ideas, learn and see what is new on the market.
Monday – We had a presentation on new technology form 8 different suppliers. The two big items I took away was CEDES selling a new 3D scan device which will come out in 3 different phases which if it is what they say it is will be the only 3D scan that works well. The other item was a non-heat producing push button lamp[led] replacement for some of the popular fixtures, no bleed through, no heat which are guaranteed for life from Mathis Electronics. http://www.mathiselectronics.com.
Tuesday – We had a key note address by Brian Holloway, AFC winning 85’ Patriots. He was great and motivating and he did touch on the 85’ Bears. We had our general business session and then our contractor session. The hot topic in the contractor session was the MCP. MEI gave a modernization start to finish presentation for efficiencies and best practices and Dick Gregory gave a talk about A17.1 which touched on OEO and MCP.
Wednesday – The show started which had a ton of suppliers showing their elevator equipment and new products. There was also education sessions going on all day. I attended Maxtons electronic valve presentation and another MCP informational session with John Koshak. There was a opportunity for NAEC’s under 40 people, called NexGen, to get together for lunch. During the evening there was a great dinner with Cirque performers.
Thursday – Final day of the trade show. I got to attend a group that gets together called Bridge Builders which included NAEC, CECA, Elevator U, Elevator World, EESF, NAESA, ASME, NEII and groups from China, Japan & Argentina.
It was a busy week going around the show from here to there but as much as I am ready to leave at the end of it, I get excited about elevators and getting back to work with the knowledge I got from the convention. I saw countless good friends and business relationships and met more this trip. The connections you can make in a reception, on the show floor, at an education session, at breakfast, at dinner, at a after party are invaluable.
Next year’s NAEC convention is in Orlando Florida.
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