Automate Returns to Chicago in 2024

Record-breaking attendance anticipated for North America’s premier automation event

In a highly anticipated return to the Windy City this spring after a five-year hiatus, Automate—the largest robotics and automation trade show in North America—will set new show records for number of attendees and exhibitors. Hosted by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, North America's premier automation trade show and conference is set to run May 6-9 at Chicago's McCormick Place.


"I'm thrilled to welcome Automate back to Chicago, reinforcing our status as a global leader in automation innovation," said Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson. "Trade shows and conferences like Automate highlight our region's cutting-edge technology and manufacturing prowess, attracting top industry professionals from around the world. Chicago's diverse talent pool, world-class infrastructure and vibrant cultural offerings make Chicago the perfect host for such a prestigious event."

Automate, now an annual event, has partnered with McCormick Place to host future Automates as the trade show rotates between Chicago, Detroit and other destinations. This year's edition is projected to deliver a $49.8 million economic impact to the city driven by attendee and exhibitor spending on hotels, dining, transportation and entertainment, according to Choose Chicago.

Automate attendees will experience the latest solutions in cutting-edge robotics, vision, artificial intelligence, motion control and related automation technologies. In addition, the show will bring a host of new and improved opportunities, including:

Women's Empowerment Forum
Innovation Awards
Expanded Conference topics, Educator Day and Student Day activities
An Innovation Stage in addition to the already popular Automate Show Theater
"The incredibly high level of interest and engagement we are seeing for Automate this year underscores the growing importance of automation in virtually all industries," said Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. "This is particularly gratifying as A3 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. What seemed impossible just a few decades ago is now possible because of automation. It is impacting industries across the globe and nearly every area of people's lives. Automate is the epicenter for bringing it all together."

For more details and to register for free, visit: www.automateshow.com.

About The Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is the leading global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. Members of A3 represent nearly 1,300 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, academic institutions, research groups and consulting firms that drive automation forward worldwide.

A3 hosts a number of industry-leading events, including the International Robot Safety Conference (October 1-3, 2024, Cincinnati, OH); the Autonomous Mobile Robots & Logistics Conference (October 8-10, 2024, Memphis, TN); and, the soon to be announced, AI & Smart Automation Conference, which will take place in early November in Atlanta, GA.

Featured Product

The ERT150 - Dorner’s Next Evolution of Edge Roller Technology Conveyors

The ERT150 - Dorner's Next Evolution of Edge Roller Technology Conveyors

The next evolution in Dorner's Edge Roller Technology conveyor platform, the ERT®150, is ideal for small and light-load assembly automation, as well as medical and medical-device assembly application. The ERT platform is the only pallet conveyor of its kind available with an ISO Standard Class 4 rating for cleanroom applications. Earning the ISO Standard 14644-1 Class 4 rating means Dorner's ERT150 will conform and not contribute to the contamination of cleanrooms to those standards. As implied by its name, the ERT150 (Edge Roller Technology) uses rollers to move pallets through the conveyor smoothly with no friction (a byproduct often seen in belt-driven platforms). The conveyor's open design eliminates concerns of small parts or screws dropping into rollers and causing conveyor damage or jamming. The ERT150 is suited to operate in cleanroom environments requiring a pallet handling conveyor. It is capable of zoning for no or low-back pressure accumulation and is ideal for automation assembly applications within industries including medical devices, electronics, consumer goods among others.