More than 150 automation makers and integrators are planning a series of exhibits and demonstrations to show off their capabilities at Automate 2011, March 21-24, Chicago, Illinois USA.
Yaskawa America Inc.’s Motoman Robotics Division (West Carrollton, Ohio) will have a work cell that utilizes Rockwell Automation’s software. “Motoman will demonstrate products and capabilities for automated material handling and advanced manufacturing. We will show a material handling robot programed entirely from Rockwell Automation’s software. Motoman developed the robot gateway to enable integrators and end-users to program their robots directly within Rockwell’s software language.” states Tim DeRosett, Director of Marketing with Motoman.
Additionally, Motoman will show human scale automation in their exhibit. “Our dual-arm, 15-axis robot enables companies to automate multiple complex operations that previously could only be done manually. Motoman will also show our newest vision product along with precision gear deburring and finishing using computer-aided design models to automatically program part profiles.” On a lighter note, DeRosett adds that a dual-arm Motoman robot will deal blackjack.
Genesis Systems Group LLC (Davenport, Iowa) plans on bringing a work cell to Automate that demonstrates several processes, previews Whitney Moon, Market Development Manager. “Our demonstration will perform material handling processes using vision for palletizing and part handling. Genesis will demonstrate a tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, North Carolina) enabling the robot to switch among processes automatically. Automate 2011 is hooked up with ProMat and we think demonstrating a robot tending a hybrid modular conveyor makes sense.” Moon says that the conveyor is manufactured by New London Engineering of New London, Wisconsin.
The growing importance of the automated warehouse and food handling sectors leads Adept Technology Inc. (Pleasanton, California) to bring robots related to those applications to Automate, explains Rush LaSelle, Director, Global Sales and Marketing. “Adept’s objective in showcasing these products is to demonstrate how the implementation of automation is more cost-effective than any time in history. Now is an exciting time as the adoption rate of robotics and autonomous guided vehicles (AVGs) are rapidly increasing in non-traditional application areas.” The packaging platform Adept will bring to Automate 2011 is intended for handling raw foods such as meats and poultry.
Also, in the Emerging Robotics Pavilion, Adept and Anybots (Mountain View, California) will each show off their telepresense robots, while Motoman will demonstrate its dual-arm, multi-axis robot. Other pavilion participants include CYCOGS’ (Sauk City, Wisconsin) medium-sized service robot, Hydronalix’s (Tucson, Arizona) “lifeguard” robot, E.M.I.L.Y. and SCHUNK Inc’s (Morrisville, North Carolina) personal robot platform.
Other food applications will have a presence at Automate 2011. “Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. (Brewerton, New York) will demonstrate a cartoning application at the show,” declares Schneider’s Sales and Marketing Director Terry Zarnowski. “A vision-guided robot will pack single serving bags of candy into cartons at a rate of 120 cycles per minute.”
ABB Inc. will focus on painting applications at Automate. Stephanie Stanton, ABB’s Marketing Specialist and Trade Show Coordinator, says, “ABB will have a paint cell to demonstrate color changing capabilities and a conveyor to show tracking while spraying multiple colors. A second work cell with two robots will showcase motion control capabilities.” ABB will also display their smallest robot arm and compact controller along with videos showing other applications, Stanton concludes.
FANUC Robotics America Corporation (Rochester Hills, Michigan) will exhibit a variety of applications at Automate 2011. “FANUC will demonstrate picking, dispensing, and assembly applications. Additional demonstrations will showcase arc and spot welding, bin picking, as well as large and heavy part handling, and mixed-case palletizing,” General Manager Michael Cicco remarks. “FANUC will bring a parallel-link robot designed for small part handling, high-speed picking, packing, and assembly applications to the show.”
JR Automation Technologies LLC (Holland, Michigan) will also have a work cell performing diverse tasks. “JR will demonstrate three different machines using five robots. One demonstration will show dispensing and screw-driving applications using vision-guided robots,” sketches out James Kramer, JR Automation’s Director of Sales. JR will have three video monitors showing other applications.
Ellison intends to bring a machine loading and unloading work cell for exhibit at Automate. “Ellison’s demonstration will include a vision-guided robotic material delivery system that allows delivery of multiple parts. We call the system our ‘lean machine,’” outlines John Burg. “The system is for use with lathes, machining centers, grinders, and several other types of machines.” Ellison offers a press-break loading and unloading version of their ‘lean machine.’
Peripheral equipment suppliers will also exhibit at Automate. “ATI will display a hollow wrist tool changer that allows routing of pneumatics, electrical signals, and other utilities to pass through its center,” portrays Charles Haines, Marketing Supervisor at ATI. “The hollow wrist tool changer is for general robotic use, anywhere that having wires or hoses hanging off the robot is not desirable, especially in applications with concerns about cables and hoses getting snagged on other components in the environment.”
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