From The Editor: Hands On, From Afar

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There might be something as to why one industry trade show survives and another does not. Comdex, the once massive computer show, has gone away; yet shows like Bauma, thrive. Comdex is held virtually now (online) with attendance just 1% of its hay day. Bauma 2013 is expected to set records with 500,000+ in attendance. Now these do represent different industries and that is my point. I believe that construction and mining is a hands-on profession, not something to experience only virtually via TCP/IP from afar. Some things are still best experienced with a degree of analog. Machine control and positioning technology which includes the connectivity of assets, job sites and other project lifecycle processes is certainly complimenting this hands on experience. Growing like ivy, "internet everywhere" enabled technology including machines of all sizes, is feeding tremendous advances in autonomous operation, networking, telematics, etc., taking design-build processes to new levels of productivity.

The 30th annual Bauma (, held every three years as part of a construction industry rotation with Intermat (Paris) and Conexpo (Las Vegas), is now roughly the size of Comdex's most successful years. Giant machines on 555,000 m² of exhibition space with 3,256 exhibitors and 420,170 visitors (plus exhibitors)--bauma is the largest and one of the most impressive trade fair in the world.

It's near impossible to take in the entire event as one person. Still, it's very exciting.

There is sure to be new product announcements and innovations. Machine Control Magazine will be there bringing you updates on our website. We will also be distributing our new, expanded print issue. Please visit the press village for your free copy.

As positioning technology adoption increases, so has our readership. Our web traffic has quadrupled to over 20,000+ unique visitors per month just in the last quarter. We surely appreciate the support and hope that this indicates that a knowledge base written by industry veterans will continue to bring value. Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy your new issue of Machine Control Magazine.

See you at Bauma!
Randy Noland Managing Editor/Cofounder

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