It’s only a few days until April 3 when the ProMat and Automate shows begin at McCormick Place in Chicago. ProMat is an expo for material handling and logistics equipment and technologies and Automate showcases robotics and automation technologies and solutions for manufacturing.
The two shows together enable one to thoroughly explore robotics and automation solutions for manufacturing, material handling and warehousing. Besides, it’s good exercise to walk both halls.
In addition to all the big-booth robot providers such as Schunk, Fanuc, Yaskawa, ABB, KUKA, Nachi, Staubli, Comau, and co-bot pioneer Universal Robots (who recently joined the ranks of big-booth-ers), there will be hundreds of interesting and new entrants showing collaborative robots and their accessories and tools, new methods for grasping and material handling, both stationary and mobile for factories and warehouses, and all sorts of other related services, products and information.
One preview of the many product launches you can expect to see at the two shows is this one from RightHand Robotics:
RightHand Robotics (RHR), a Cambridge, MA-based robotic picking solutions provider, will be showing off their new RightPick gripping system which combines a vacuum stick with fingers and some classy software to quickly pick and grasp individual items.
Combined with RHR’s vision software, the new picking device can spot, pick up and place never seen before small objects at the rate of 500 to 1,000 times an hour.
The end-of-arm tooling system uses machine learning software and sensors to handle various items, sizes and shapes on the fly, and is easily affixed to most industry-leading robotic arms.
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