What’s a show without robots? There were plenty of them on display, especially in the North Hall housing the Automate portion of the show (see John Henry’s report on 13 game-changing robots and more) . However, I found FANUC Robotics North America’s new M-710i C/45m palletizing robot working in ProMat’s South Hall. It is stronger, faster and offers a larger reach than the previous generation: It handles up to a 45-kg (99 lb) payload and an envelope that extends from the previous 2.0m to 2.6m (6 ft to 8.5 ft), all using 6 axes of movement. Bottom line: It can palletize 40% faster at rates to 28 cases per minute.