Automation abounds at The ASSEMBLY Show, By Alan Richter
October 25, 2018, Cutting Tool Engineering - While attending The Assembly Show, it seems that I saw robots and other automation equipment everywhere I turned. The trade show and conference took place Oct. 23-25 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
I had the opportunity to meet with three robot manufacturers: Universal Robots USA Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan; Stäubli, Duncan, South Carolina; and Epson America Inc., Long Beach, California.
Joe Campbell, strategic marketing and applications development for Universal Robots, emphasized how its collaborative robots, or cobots, are easy and quick to deploy because UR integrates end-of-arm tooling with the robot controller at the software level. The company’s new UR3e, UR5e and UR10e robot arms feature a built-in, tool-centric force and torque sensor. The sensor can be used to measure mass, perform related inspection processes or detect contact.
Stäubli also makes cobot arms, offering the TX2 series of 6-axis cobots, noted Jan Abel, senior marketing-communications manager. She added that the company produces a range of other 6-axis robots and 4-axis SCARA (selective compliance articulated robot arm) and pick-and-place robotic arms, as well as custom robots for sensitive environments, and does a significant amount of business with the North American medical industry. At the sixth annual event, Stäubli simulated the packaging of a medical device in a germ-free, aseptic environment with its FAST picker TP80 4-axis robot, picking and placing a glucose meter.
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