ABB (www.abb.com) is introducing robotics developments that include: A "bending backwards" robot arm for a new articulated robot to make work cells more compact and less costly, and allow faster tool changes; BendWizard programming to reprogram press brake robots, which can be applied to both new equipment and retrofitted to existing machines, making runs of less than 50 pieces economically viable; and its Compact Assembling System for laminated windshields that creates the glass sandwich in a controlled environment so the panes cannot be marked or scratched, as in manual assembly.
A group of engineering students at Rice University have designed a knee brace that harvests energy from walking, which potentially can be reused to power small medical devices and even an artificial heart.
The global packaged food market is still rising, thanks to constantly changing consumer preferences and growing demand in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and the global food packaging machinery market is continuing to ride its fortunes.
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