Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and its trade associations, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - the global association for vision and imaging, the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), and the Association for Advancing Automation México (A3 México).

Contact Show Management at 734.994.6088 or


April 8-11, 2019


McCormick Place North
2301 S King Drive
Chicago, Illinois, USA

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

The Automate Conference Starts Daily at 8:00 am

SHOW FEES There is no cost to attend the show, but a fee applies to the educational conference.
INTERNET There will be free Wi-Fi available on the show floor. 

Event Highlights

Expert Huddles:

Each day, you can join an expert huddle discussion happening in the show floor theater.  Topics will cover a variety of important issues and each 40 minute discussion will be led by an industry expert. 

CVP and CMCP Programs:

Part of the conference offering - attendees can take classes and an exam or just the exam (for those with experience) to become a Certified Vision Professional (CVP)  or a Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP).

Vision Standards Demonstrations:

The International Vision Standards booth contains hardware demonstrations of all of the major vision standards and offers a great opportunity to talk to experts about these standards.

Collocated with ProMat:

Your Automate badge also gets you into the ProMat Show. ProMat is North America's premier material handling and supply chain solutions show and attracts top-level decision makers.


Keynote Presentations:

Your Automate badge also gets you into the Keynote Presentations. Hear exciting talks free of charge!


Automate is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America. Formerly the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show which dates back to 1977, Automate now demonstrates the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions for a broad array of industries. The show is held once every two years.

Right at the front of Automate, companies that provide integration of automation, robotics and machine vision will show actual demonstrations of systems. This will allow attendees to see live demos solving challenges they face in their industry, and also to learn from solutions used in other industries that may be beneficial to them. The rest of the show features the latest automation, robotic, vision and motion control technologies and systems on display from leading global suppliers.

A comprehensive educational conference accompanies the Automate show. Featuring a broad array of classes from beginner to advanced skill levels, the conference offers something for all attendees – they can take one class or four full days of training. Classes are taught by experienced industry professionals who understand the industry challenges our attendees face. Our conference has been consistently rated high-quality and high-value, delivering a training experience that is immediately worthwhile.


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. Visitors come from more than 30 countries representing a broad array of industries including, but not limited to:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Aluminum
  • Appliance
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Automotive Supply
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Consumer Goods
  • Defense/Military
  • DistributionEducation
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Fabricated Metal
  • Fasteners
  • Fluid Power
  • Food & Beverage
  • Foundry
  • Furniture
  • Gaming
  • Glass
  • Government
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Locomotive Manufacturing
  • Machine Builder
  • Machine Tools
  • Mail Processing
  • Mapping
  • Material Handling
  • Medical Devices
  • Mining
  • Minting
  • Motorcycle Manufacturing
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Off-road Vehicles
  • Oil and Gas
  • Packaging
  • Paper/Printing
  • Pet Food
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics
  • Primary Metals
  • Printing
  • Semiconductor
  • Telecommunications
  • Textiles
  • Transportation
  • Warehousing
  • Wood


900 Victors Way, Suite 140
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 USA
Telephone: 734.994.6088
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Chicago, Illinois is in the central time zone. For your safety, no one under 16 admitted.


Hundreds of industry-leading companies will exhibit at Automate. Exhibitors from around the world will display automation equipment and systems including, but not limited to:

  • Automated Assembly Machines/Systems
  • Automatic Identification & Data Collection/RFID
  • Ergonomics and Safety Equipment
  • Industrial Automation Control
  • Motion Control Equipment
  • Parts Handling Equipment/Conveyors and Materials
  • Robots/Robotic Systems
  • Sensors and Sensor Integrated Systems
  • System Integration/Consulting
  • Vision and Imaging Equipment/Systems

    Click here to view the full exhibitor list.