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Robot innovations highlight numerous recent shows in Chicago

Richard Bloss (Associate Editor, Industrial Robot)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the robots at the 2007 ATExpo Show and related Electronics Assembly Show, Quality, PlasTec and National Manufacturing Week Shows, as well as at the FABTECH Show and the Rockwell Automation Show held in Chicago.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper incorporates in‐depth interviews with robot exhibitors, as well as suppliers of accessories such as grippers and simulation software.

Findings

Each show brings forth innovations in robotics. After many decades of robot developments, the well‐spring of innovation never seems to dry up.

Practical implications

If an application cannot appear to be addressed by the robot of the day, wait until tomorrow and suppliers will step forward with answers. After more than four decades of robot development, they continue to get smarter, much faster and better adapted to application requirements. There is no longer a one robot “fits all” answer.

Originality/value

This paper provides information on prevailing trends in the robot industry which solve an increasing number of application needs.

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Citation

Bloss, R. (2008), "Robot innovations highlight numerous recent shows in Chicago", Industrial Robot, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 307-310. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910810876391

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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