June 21, 2022

Automate2022 Wrapup400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) said the Automate 2022 trade conference was the most successful in its history, with new records for registrants, exhibit booths and online engagement during its four-day run earlier this month. Organizers said the event is expected to be even bigger in 2023, with nearly 75% of an expanded show floor already booked for the event, May 22-25, 2023, in Detroit.

“Automate 2022 exceeded our most optimistic expectations,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “The excitement in the hall was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. People loved being back in person and seeing all the latest advances in robotics, machine vision, AI, motion control and more. This was the largest and best attended trade show we’ve ever had.”

A3 said the event featured more than 24,000 registrants (the association did not say how many of those actually attended), 600 exhibitor booths, and more than 250,000 square feet of exhibit space. The A3 also said it had more than 2 million virtual views of its digital content.

“Exhibitors told us that virtually everyone they met at the show had plans to automate, and some exhibitors reported selling robots right off the floor,” said Burnstein.

In addition to the exhibit hall and conference sessions, the event also featured two other programs:

  • Covision Quality took home the $10,000 grand prize in the Cowen Startup Challenge: Automate to Outperform event. The company’s software automates and scales visual inspection with unsupervised machine learning technology.
  • The Engelberger Foundation awarded Labrador Systems a $25,000 grant for its pioneering work on a new generation of human assistive robots. Three of the six recipients of the 2022 Engelberger Awards were honored at an awards dinner and ceremony, including Michael P. Jacobs of Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) for leadership in automation; Oussama Khatib of Stanford University for education; and Marc Raibert of Boston Dynamics for technology.

For more details on the A3 and its programs, visit its website here.