The world's biggest packaging show, Pack Expo, convened in Chicago Oct. 28-31 and provided a glimpse at the future of automated machinery and robotics.
Drawing 45,300 attendees and more than 1,900 exhibitors, the show offered demonstrations of robotic systems and controllers, electric motors and drives, human-machine interfaces, and actuators of virtually every kind.
Click on the image below to see highlights from the show floor.
Pack Expo attendees were treated to frozen yogurt at Yaskawa's Motoman Robotics booth, where a dual-arm robot mixed the soft serve treat with toppings.
The robotic kiosk employed a Motoman SDA Series Robot, which featured a human-like head to make it more kid-friendly.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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