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.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.