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Rob Spiegel
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Re: All the packaging robots
Rob Spiegel   10/29/2013 8:15:37 PM
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My Design, safety was one of the selling points at Pack Expo. The servo drives and safety programs tied to individual robots seem to be an advancement in safety. The virtual light curtains and instant halt seem to be taking safety to a new level.

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Re: All the packaging robots
Rob Spiegel   10/29/2013 3:57:30 PM
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That was exactly my impression, Chuck. The new features presented at the show were all tied to robots, whether it was motion control, drives, or the number of axes. It really was a robotics show.

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Re: Injury Prevention
Rob Spiegel   10/29/2013 3:46:23 PM
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Good points, Greg. As for safety, the move to robots tends to improve safety. for one, a virtual safety network can be set around the robot. Also, because of the servo technology, the robots stop instantly -- no gearing down. At the show, folks at the booths showed the safety by sticking their hands in the path of the speedy robot. With the safety breech, the robot would freeze instantly.

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Re: Still need the basics
Rob Spiegel   10/29/2013 3:33:58 PM
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I agree, TJ. That's one of the benefits of the move toward more and more robots. You may be reducing the manual labor force, but you're increasing the engineering staff. 

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Re: All the packaging robots
Elizabeth M   10/29/2013 11:14:29 AM
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Fascinating slideshow. It's amazing to see the evolution of robotics in this space. As Rob points out, it really has revolutionized the way things are done.

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Injury Prevention
Greg M. Jung   10/27/2013 3:56:21 PM
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Very nice showcase of packaging robotics technology.  If these robots are installed and operated safely, they can also help reduce injuries in the workplace (by eliminating the need for a human to perform repetitive lifting tasks).  These added benefits are also attractive to decision makers in management when evaluating these types of investments.

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Still need the basics
TJ McDermott   10/25/2013 5:05:03 PM
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Robotics may be the future, but to get there the country needs engineers.  Those engineers need to learn the basics like dynamics, mechanics of materials.  There's no magical way to jump over those.  Lack of understanding how a robotic arm can handle a payload's inertia can lead to disaster.  Basic engineering has to come first before making the robot move.

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Re: All the packaging robots
Ann R. Thryft   10/25/2013 1:01:28 PM
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I think far911 is right--robots are everywhere, and that's an area of engineering that will only grow.

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Re: All the packaging robots
Mydesign   10/25/2013 5:07:35 AM
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"It was quite a sight to see a whole landscape of packaging robots at PackExpo. The robots have taken over this industry."

Rob, now in most of the companies they have a separate engineering division by name 'packing engineering '. The main aim/goal of such units are minimizing the volume packing and increasing the saftey. I am not sure how this will help for the robotics era.

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Packing and Logistics
Mydesign   10/25/2013 5:01:39 AM
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"Packaging robots have been designed to replace human labor, albeit with superhuman strength, agility, and speed. The range of movement, strength, and speed allow these machines to lift entire pallets onto trucks or pick up individual muffins hot out of the oven."

 Rob, thanks for the update. Packing holds a major profile in logistics and shipment domain. The security of the shipped items depends up on packing and hence companies are spending more time and money for strong packing. I think robots can do the same work without much effort and time.

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