The robotics market is red hot, according to the Robotic Industries Association, the industry’s trade group. The RIA reported in late July that the North American robotics industry is off to its fastest start EVER in 2014. That growth is echoed throughout packaging, where more and more robots are installed yearly as an efficiency raiser and for tasks impossible, impractical or unsafe for a human operator.
The proliferation of faster, smaller, nimbler and more economical robotic systems is also apparent at every Pack Expo. As a preview to a select few robotics developments for a range of applications, we present a slideshow of what Pack Expo attendees will be seeing in leading-edge automation and controls for robotic systems for palletizing, collating and case packing at Pack Expo International 2014. The show will run November 2-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago presented by the PMMI.
1. The MLX200 Robot Gateway Robotics controller from Yaskawa Motoman, Pack Expo Booth #S-1733.
2. A small-footprint robotic palletizer from Schneider Packaging, Pack Expo Booth #S-2520.
3. The LJTRT robotic product collator and robotic carton loader from Propack Processing and Packaging, Pack Expo Booth #S-2273.
4. The CPIII wraparound casepacker with robotic loader fromBluePrint Automation, Pack Expo Booth #N-5729