TULSA, Okla., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The fourth annual Utility Products Conf. & Exposition (UPCE) features cutting-edge products, a robot meet-and-greet, expert industry speakers, a money machine cash giveaway and more.
UPCE has everything a utility worker needs to do the job—from tools to cutting-edge technology to the latest insider information. UPCE is bringing a lot of hands-on expertise to Texas this Jan. 24-26, 2012 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
By far, the biggest UPCE buzz centers around a trio of robots. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has generously agreed to show off two of their cutting-edge power industry research robots, Ti and Scotty, at the show. The third robot will have its worldwide, grand unveiling at the event and is a hush-hush secret until the reveal on Tuesday, Jan. 24 on the exhibit floor.
Robots aren't the only reason to attend UPCE, however. The show will offer a number of informative conference sessions.
UPCE officially kicks off with an opening keynote session on this Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2012. After the keynote, the conference itself is open for business with a bevy of learning opportunities.
Experts from the Electrical Industry Training Institute (EITI) will present a number of sessions during the conference, including a two-part session on managing electrical operations. Arkansas State University's Dr. Duane Doyle will speak on developing occupation programs at local community colleges during the conference. UPCE will also present a two-part session on occupational grounding. And the EITI experts will return with a session on understanding switching best practices. The National Utility Industry Training Fund (NUITF) will discuss crafting training and development for line workers as well. Finally, local utility CPS Energy will discuss adopting lessons from local smart grid work.
Additionally, EITI will offer some precourses on qualifying employees to work near high voltage substation equipment and high voltage substation grounding and bonding on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, before the show begins. More information on those precourses can be found online at http://eiti.us/upce.html.
UPCE isn't all business, though. It's about fun, too. Also onsite: Hooters girls, a buckin' bullride and a cash giveaway multiple times each day of the show. The cash prize giveaway will be featured on the UPCE exhibit floor all week. All attendees are eligible to enter the contest. Just get your passport stamped by all the sponsors, and your name may be called to get a few minutes in our money machine. The Hooters girls will escort your trip in and out of the booth. You may go in broke and come out ready to buy the next round.
So join the fun at UPCE 2012 Jan. 24-26, 2012, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
The Utility Products Conference & Exposition (UPCE) brings the pages of Utility Products magazine to life and brings together buyers and sellers of power, telecom, CATV and water equipment, providing them an opportunity to learn firsthand about their industries' latest products. More information is available online at www.utilityproductsexpo.com. UPCE and Utility Products magazine are owned by PennWell Corp., a worldwide media company based in Tulsa, Okla.
PennWell Corp. is a diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries: oil and gas, electric power, water and wastewater, renewable, electronics, semiconductor, contamination control, optoelectronics, fiberoptics, enterprise storage, converting, nanotechnology, fire, emergency services and dental. Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes over 100 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, web sites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey, Moscow, Russia, and Hong Kong, China. In 2010, PennWell celebrated 100 years in business.