ProMat 2017 and Automate: Double the exhibit halls AND double the shows

Your ProMat 2017 registration not only gives you access to the exhibits, educational sessions and keynotes in McCormick Place South and North, it also grants you access to Automate 2017, co-located next to ProMat solutions centers for Autonomous Vehicles and Sustainable Facility Solutions in the North Hall.

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Your ProMat 2017 registration not only gives you access to the exhibits, educational sessions and keynotes in McCormick Place South and North, it also grants you access to Automate 2017, co-located next to ProMat solutions centers for Autonomous Vehicles and Sustainable Facility Solutions in the North Hall. Both shows run concurrently, Monday through Thursday, and share identical hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“ProMat 2017 will be the largest event on record, with 900 exhibitors covering more than 370,000 feet. When you combine that with the Automate co-location, the two shows will total more than 1,200 exhibitors and 450,000 square feet of exhibits,” said George W. Prest, CEO of MHI. “Putting Automate and ProMat 2017 together allows manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals unparalleled education and networking opportunities, as well as exposure to the largest equipment and technology display of any show of its kind in North America.”

“Automate attendees come from a wide range of industries to see in person how the latest automation technologies can benefit their operations,” added Jeff Burnstein, A3 president. “They bring specific problems and are looking for real solutions in order to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace. Automate is where these critical business decisions can be made.”

Automate—like MHI-sponsored ProMat—is held just once every two years. Sponsored by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3)—and its trade associations, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA); AIA, the global association for vision and imaging; and the Motion Control Association (MCA)—Automate showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions. The show highlights the future of automation, which is changing dynamically due to mobile and collaborative robots, cloud computing, smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

System integrators will be located at the front of Automate’s exhibit hall to showcase the ways automation technologies are solving today’s real-world challenges. Further, “Expert Huddles” will take place across the show floor, giving attendees access to free sessions with technologists answering questions directly, Burnstein noted.

When MHI and A3 initially brought the two shows together, the idea was to help visitors maximize their travel time and budget. Feedback from attendees of both shows has continued to be overwhelmingly positive, said Prest.

“Automation is being integrated more than ever in virtually every aspect of the supply chain,” he continued. “Co-locating gives participants a view into the myriad ways these technologies and solutions are spreading into material handling, logistics and transportation equipment and solutions.”


ProMat 2017 is scheduled to be held from April 3-6 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Click here for Modern’s complete Show Daily coverage visit.


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Sara Pearson Specter
Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC. Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery.

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