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.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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