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This bi-annual show will be held April 3 – 9, 2017  at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

“At Automate 97% of exhibitors met potential customers that they haven’t met at other trade shows. We anticipate significant growth for the 2017 show. Nearly 90% of exhibitors plan to exhibit again in 2017.”, said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, producer of the Automate Show & Conference.

A total of 18,115 verified attendees visited the show floor in 2015, a 61% increase from the 2013 show.  Similar growth is expected which will bring the total of attendees to over 25,000 in 2017.

Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for:

  • Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
  • Advancing Vision + Imaging (AIA)
  • Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA)

These three associations combined represent ~800 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world who drive automation use and adoption.

There is no cost to attend the show, but a fee applies to the educational conference sponsored by International Symposium on Robotics – Americas (ISR).

Audience Profile

Automate attendees are End Users, OEMs, Machine Builders, Distributors, Government Buyers, R&D Labs and academia seeking automation technologies. They are looking for the latest technologies to increase their competitiveness and automation solutions to help them enhance productivity and save money. More than 85% play a role in the purchasing process for the technologies on display at the show.


Whether you are seeking entry level training for a basic understanding of automation (including robotics, machine vision, motion control, assembly automation, sensors and more) or are looking for more advanced courses, the conference has something to offer you. You’ll be able to leverage that knowledge gained immediately out on the show floor as you visit and talk to exhibitors.

Automate 2017 is the International Symposium on Robotics – Americas (ISR), is sponsored by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The International Symposium on Robotics will be fully integrated into the Automate 2017 conference sessions. This will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the newest developments in robotics, machine vision, imaging, motion control and other automation technologies covered at Automate.