Today I'm sharing pictures from in and around the show floor at Automation Fair 2016 (click on any picture for a full size image)
The Georgia World Congress Center is huge!
As I mentioned in my podcast earlier in the week, getting from the entrance to the show floor was a very long walk…
Fortunately, Rockwell lined the halls of the convention center with some pretty interesting displays:
When you finally did reach the last escalator leading to the show floor, you were greeted by this huge sign:
And were invited to take a picture in the Allen-Bradley clock tower:
At the bottom of the escalator there was a display featuring recent Tweets about the show, and I was happy to see one of my Tweets was shown:
This year's Automation Fair show floor entrance:
Near the entrance was the “Shop” where I snagged the cool Automation Fair T-Shirt that I wore in this week's podcast for just $6!
I also took a stroll through the “History” exhibit as I enjoy reading about the history of technology:
Then it was out to the show floor to see the sights.
Most of the exhibitors were quite engaged in conversations with prospective customers:
Two encompass partner booths that caught my eye were those from SyTech and Panasonic:
I also got a chance to talk to a high school level First team coach, and have to say Team 1261's robot was very impressive in action:
Then I got a shot of this year's Lego League mission board, which was bittersweet as I miss coaching FLL:
Next it was on to the Rockwell exhibits to get some product pictures for readers of the blog.
First up, some shots of the prototype 5480:
Then I grabbed some shots of the latest PLC's, HMI's, etc:
As far as the free lunch went this year, the lines were long but moved, and I thought the food was very good:
And just like that, Automation Fair 2016 was over:
Next year the show is in Houston, Texas:
In retrospect I have to say I really enjoyed the show this year. However, as it is quite a substantial expense for the self-employed, as of now I'm not sure if I'll be attending next year's show.