Launched in 2003 by Summit Media Group, Inc., Automation World is a monthly publication which covers the latest developments in the automation field. Each issue contains articles in the following departments: Operations & Engineering Skills, Managers & Executives Skills, IT & Networking Skills. Feature articles, safety and security issues, industry news and a monthly Product World roundup are also included with monthly issues, along with one of three quarterly supplements - Industrial Ethernet Review, Packaging Automation Review, and Wireless World Review.

The first issue of Automation World was published in June 2003.

VP/Publisher David Harvey began his publishing career in advertising sales with Technical Publishing in 1980. He later moved on to Reed Business Information (Technical, Cahners, Reed Business), where most of his years were spent with Control Engineering Magazine in sales and sales management, the last nine of those years as Publisher.

As of December 2010, the audited BPA circulation of Automation World was 56,336 subscribers.[2]