The purpose of this paper is to review the Automate Show (vision and robotics), The Promat Show (material handling) that run jointly in Chicago, plus the Sensor Expo, with emphasis on the new sensor innovations and applications on display.
The paper draws on in‐depth interviews with exhibitors of sensors of all types at these recent shows.
Sensor suppliers have been busy applying wireless and energy harvesting technology to their devices. Vision suppliers continue to expand the capabilities of the video eye with 3D and other innovations.
System integrators and users have an ever‐growing array of new sensor technologies to answer previously tough application needs. Wireless sensors and innovative vision systems, including 3‐D, offer new answers to material handling and other applications. MEMS commercialization development continues to drive ahead.
Users and system integrators have an ever‐increasing range of innovative sensor solutions to help solve those previously difficult application requirements. For example, adding smart vision to logistic applications makes them faster, more accurate and more autonomous.
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