You may be a PCC Oktoberfest veteran, or perhaps you’re new to our annual event. Either way, you might be wondering what you can expect from this year’s event.  We’ve put together this short event overview to help: 

What’s Happening?
PCC’s Oktoberfest – Tap into Technology is a daylong event focused on solutions and technologies in industrial automation and electrical control.  This information is delivered to attendees through 25+ seminars and hands-on workshops, an Automation Fair with over 45 vendor technologies showcased, a Tech Café where you can test drive a wide variety of solutions and good old fashioned networking with over 200 of your industry peers.    

Who Should Attend? (You should, but we’ll tell you why) 
There is no cost to attend and the event is guaranteed to provide something of value from entry-level engineers to engineering managers and CEOs in the manufacturing industry.  Our partners bring a broad range of experience from a wide range of industries, including converting, printing, automotive, material handling, food and beverage, robotics, and much more.  If you’re not satisfied we’ll buy you a beer at the end of the day (or a soda for our non-drinking friends.)

Where and when is this thing?
In its 7th year this year’s event will be held on October 24 at the Washington County Park Fair and Conference Center which is about 30 mins from Milwaukee and 1 hour from Appleton, with easy access right off US 45 and plenty of parking.  Come for the whole day, an hour, or for as long as your schedule permits. 

Fun Highlights:
New for 2019, we’ll have fun Virtual Reality experiences for you to play with in the afternoon. We also have a fantastic Pig Roast lunch, German themed bites (those who’ve attended can’t forget those awesome Milwaukee Pretzel Company Pretzels), as well as a reception at the end of the event with games and raffle drawings. 

Seminar Sneak Peek:

We’ll be releasing the full event schedule at the end of September, but for now we’ll share a few class highlights to give you taste of what’s to come. 

S18 |  Is your plant or machine vulnerable to Cyber Attack? What can you do minimize your risk?
Presented by:  Siemens | Time: 9:00 am – 9:50 am 
Cyber security is a daunting topic that is critical for those responsible for automation to understand and manage. This seminar focuses on product/system functions that can be utilized to increase your security on a plant or even machine level.

S6 | Pizzato Machine Safety Seminar
Presented by:  Pizzato Electrica | Time: 8:30 am – 9:20 am 
Learn about the benefits of proper machine guarding to protect your employees while reducing your company exposure to liability.  
The objectives include: 

• Understanding the current regulations, ratings and guidelines (ANSI, OSHA, ISO, PL, SIL etc.)
• Show how safety and production concerns can work together
• Discuss methods of reducing machine downtime
• Reduce liability by implementing up-to-date safety programs
• Discover new and better methods of protecting employees and equipment

S13 |  Simulate with PLCSim and HMI Simulator to shorten commissioning times
Presented by:  PCC | Time: 9:00 am – 9:50 am 
Learn how to shorten development and commissioning times by utilizing the Siemens PLC and HMI simulation capabilities within the TIA Portal environment.  Test PLC logic and HMI functionality in the software simulator. Learn about expanded PLCSim capabilities with the NEW PLCSim Advanced option introduced with V14.

Final Thoughts:
Oktoberfest is sure to bring value to those in the manufacturing industry.   Seminar and workshops fill up fast, so be sure to register for classes early to ensure you get into the ones you want. 

Any questions?  Feel free to reach out to Liz Martin at   

Registration opens September 24th! 
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