8 impressive developments in packaging automation: Page 8 of 8

in Automation on May 30, 2019

8. Sawyer lives!

Baxter from Rethink Robotics was one of the first collaborative robots and convinced me that cobots are the future. The addition of the Sawyer model was another step forward. I was sad to write about the company’s demise last year.

I don’t usually like being proved wrong but this is an exception. Rethink Robotics has been purchased by Hahn Group, which will not only continue making Sawyer but will be adding additional models later this year.

I’d say welcome back, but they never really went away.


Trade shows are a lot of work, especially the way I visit them. I need to see everything. I walk the entire show looking for new ideas, as well as old ideas in new applications. Two days at Automate/Promat was a real learning experience.


Known as the Changeover Wizard, John R. Henry is the owner of Changeover.com, a consulting firm that helps companies find and fix the causes of inefficiencies in their packaging operations. He has written the book, literally, on packaging machinery (www.packmachbook.com) and is the face and personality behind packaging detective KC Boxbottom, the main character in Adventures in Packaging, a popular blog on packagingdigest.com. He can be contacted at [email protected].



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