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.
Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching ShawnMichael.com, which he later renamed ShawnMTierney.com. In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website, TheAutomationBlog.com, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web.
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