General Questions

How much does Automate cost?
Walking the show floor and visiting exhibitor booths is FREE! We do charge for our conference and exams. Pricing for that can be found here.

Where is the show?
McCormick Place North
2301 S King Drive
Chicago, Illinois, USA

What are the show hours?
Monday:     10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Central Time)
Tuesday:     10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday:     10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday:     10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Who will be exhibiting at the show?
We have over 400 exhibitors who will be showing off their technology at the show. For a complete list of exhibitors, check out our online listing or floor plan for contact details and company descriptions. 

Do you have a printer-friendly list of all exhibitors?
We do not have a printer-friendly list of the exhibitors. However, there will be print directories available at the show for FREE.

Can I bring my children with me?
Due to safety concerns, we do not allow children under 16 on the show floor. We do on some occasions allow chaperoned high school groups to attend with students under 16. If you would like your high school group to attend Automate, please email us

Are there discounted hotels for the show?
Yes, we have several discounted hotel rates available through our room blocks, check them out here. The cut-off date for the discounted rate is March 12, 2017 so make sure to book your room right away!

Do you have shuttles going from the hotels to the show?
Complimentary shuttle buses will run between McCormick Place and all designated Automate 2017 hotels from April 3 - 6, 2017. For your convenience, bus schedules will be posted at McCormick Place and in each hotel.

Buses will run:
Monday – Wednesday: 7:00am to 11:00am and 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am to 11:00am and 2:00pm to 5:00pm

How do I get a Visa letter?
Please fill out our Visa Letter Request form. Allow 72 business hours for a response. If you need the letter mailed, please indicate that on your form and allow adequate time for mailing.

Who organizes Automate?
Automate is organized by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), a global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done.

Badge Pick-Up Process
You will be able to pick up your badge on-site at the Automate registration desk. Your confirmation email includes a QR code which can be scanned for quicker badge pick-up or we can look you up by name.

You can register for the tradeshow, conference, and networking events online. Don’t forget, walking the show floor is FREE!

I’ve already registered, but I would like to change something. How do I edit my registration?
You can edit your registration through your confirmation email. At the top of your confirmation email there is a “Modify Your Registration” button that will allow you to add the certification exams, keynote sessions (complimentary!), and networking events.

If you are signed up for a show only pass and would like to add a conference pass, please email us and we will be happy to add the conference pass for you. You will be billed for the remaining balance.

What is an Expert Huddle?
An Expert Huddle is a free 40-minute session led by industry experts to discuss the hottest topics in automation. The huddles will be located on the show floor, check out the schedule!


Where is the conference?
The conference is just below the tradeshow floor in McCormick Place North. There is a set of escalators in front of the show that lead directly the conference rooms.

How much does the conference cost?
The conference is $375 for each day that you attend OR $1095 for an All Access Pass. Check out our conference pricing for more details

What is the conference?
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 take what you learned in class and have a better understanding of the technology on the show floor. Check out the agenda for more information on the sessions.

What is included in the All Access Pass?
Your All Access Pass gains you entrance into all the conference sessions, access to the conference proceedings, and allows you to walk the show floor to view exhibitor booths. If you would like to sign up for one of our certification exams, you will need to pay for that separately.

Does a conference pass get me into the show?
Yes, any conference pass will also allow you onto the tradeshow floor.

Do you have any conference discounts?
We do not offer any discounts on attending our conference sessions.

I want to become a Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic, what do I need to sign up for?
You will need to sign up for an All Access Pass ($1095), and the CVP Basic Exam with Classes ($175). The basic classes are Monday through Wednesday morning, with the exam taking place on Wednesday, April 5 from 11:00am – 12:00pm.

I want to become a Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced, what do I need to sign up for?
You will need to sign up for an All Access Pass ($1095), and the CVP Advanced Exam with Classes ($175). The basic classes are Monday through Friday morning, with the exam taking place on Friday, April 7 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

I want to become a Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP), what do I need to sign up for?
You will need to sign up for Tuesday/Wednesday Conference Pass ($750), and the CMCP Basic exam with classes ($325 for members of MCMA, $475 for non-members). The basic classes are Tuesday through Wednesday morning, with an exam review form with a two hour exam review starting at 1:45pm on Wednesday, and the exam taking place on Wednesday, April 5 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.


What are the move-in and move-out times? 
Move In
Thursday, March 30, 2017    8:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Friday, March 31, 2017        8:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 01, 2017        8:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 02, 2017        8:00 AM To 5:00 PM

Move Out
Thursday, April 06, 2017    3:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Friday, April 07, 2017        8:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 08, 2017        8:00 AM To 2:00 PM

Where can I find the exhibitor manual? 

I am an exhibitor, how do I sign up my staff for badges?
The exhibitor portal is available through the Exhibitor Resources page. We have already set up a login for you. If you do not know your login, you may call us at +1 734.994.6088 in order to find out what your information is.
Still have questions? Contact us at +1 734.994.6088 or email us.