Rise of the robots at AUSPACK 2017

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In line with the global rise in the use of robotics in processing and packaging, more Australian manufacturers are set to boost investment in robotics.

Many are expected to attend Australia’s leading show for the packaging industry – AUSPACK – next month to explore the latest options.

At AUSPACK 2017, global and local robotics and automation experts will present the latest dramatic advances in robotic technology and intelligent automation across processing and packaging.

Among the exhibitors to look out for include Scott Automation & Robotics (Stand 250), Robotic Automation (Stand 266), Kuka Robotics (Stand 53); Foodmach (Stand 260) and ABB (Stand 502).

Collaborative robots (cobots) have captured market attention in Australia recently, and a few will “strut their stuff” at AUSPACK.

Collaborative robots (cobots) will change the face of productivity and manufacturing in Australia.

‘Applications are limited by imagination’

Able to work alongside humans without the need for safety guarding subject to risk assessment, cobots open vast new applications for robot technology. They are easily integrated into existing production environments, and the tasks they are suited for are wide-ranging.

“Applications for cobots are limited mainly by imagination,” says Mark Emmett, MD of HMPS (exhibiting onStand 69).

“There is a shortage of labour for repetitive tasks. Robots do an amazing job at doing the same task over and over with complete accuracy. We are finding even smaller producers have a need for automation. We are able to offer from very basic to very complex, customised solutions,” he says.

Working closely with robotic partners ABB (Stand 502), HMPS is now able to offer a new era of robotic co-workers that are able to work collaboratively on the same tasks with humans while still ensuring the safety of those around it. YuMi is the world's first truly collaborative dual-arm robot and it will be on show at AUSPACK 2017.

Building on the YuMi innovation, ABB has recently launched SafeMove 2, a robot supervisory system that enables ABB’s industrial robot range to be safely installed into collaborative applications. ABB's Peter Bradbury says this eliminates the need to compromise throughput by potentially having to utilise much slower, collaborative robots of lower payload capacity.

UR cobots in action

Global leader in collaborative robot development, Universal Robots (UR) has tied up a new distributorship deal with AUSPACK exhibitor Foodmach (Stand 260), who will showcasing a number of UR cobots in action.

Foodmach will feature a UR10 cobot performing palletisation, depalletisation and label application duties.

The 10kg payload UR10 will be controlled by Foodmach’s innovative and flexible Robowizard pallet layer programming software. The company will also display a smaller UR3 robot to demonstrate the ease of control and safe operation of UR collaborative robots.

But wait, there more...

And to round this all off, in an exhibition first for Australia, visitors will be greeted at registration by a robot who will answer typical enquiries about location of exhibitors stands, location of meeting rooms, eating and restroom facilities, shuttle bus pick-up points and times and educational and networking event timetables.

AUSPACK 2017 will run from March 7-10 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.



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