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Automated assembly innovations at the 2009 Assembly Expo

Richard Bloss (Associate Editor, Assembly Automation)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 28 September 2010




The paper aims to review automated assembly technology at the Assembly Technology Expo.


Assembly Expo is the feature show, which is combined with five other manufacturing, shows in Chicago at the same venue. In‐depth interviews with exhibitors of automated systems, system integrators as well as suppliers of related components motion elements, laser markers were conducted.


Automated assembly cells continue to be more flexible, modular, as well as better suited for smaller lot orders and include more real time inspection capabilities.

Practical implications

Users who investigated automated assembly solutions in the past and found they did not meet applications requirements may find it is time to revisit automation.


The paper shows that automated system builders and system integrators are providing more suitable solutions that can better address application needs in a more cost‐effective manner than ever before.



Bloss, R. (2010), "Automated assembly innovations at the 2009 Assembly Expo", Assembly Automation, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 313-316.



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