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.
Chuck--This looks like a terrific show. 43,000 + has to exceed their expectations. In just about every place I have worked over the years, packaging has been somewhat of an afterthought. At GE Appliances (Roper Corporation) we did have a packaging engineer but that was only one of his responsibilities. In the appliance industry a good number of the DOA problems have been due to transportation issues and not relegated to product design. Great post and thank you for showing it.
Packaging engineers must be a quiet bunch, bobjengr. In popular culture, there's nary a mention of packaging engineers. You wouldn't know they exist if there were no trade journals. Yet, here we have 43,000 engineers showing up for Pack Expo.
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