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Robotics Zone Showcases Innovation at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO
Robot use in the packaging industry has grown nearly 48 percent among consumer packaged goods companies and 30 percent in the life sciences/pharma sector. PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Sept. 23-25, 2019; Las Vegas Convention Center) is primed to introduce the Robotics Zone, a new show floor destination that spotlights new robotic technology, human and robot interaction and collaborative robot (cobot) displays. The new destination area is an ideal place for attendees to get ideas and inspiration, meet leading robot providers and interact with cutting edge robotic technologies first-hand.

Attendees entering the Robotics Zone, located in Booth N-850 in the North Hall, will be welcomed by the PACK EXPO Greeter Robot, sponsored by Omron Automation. As they explore the interactive area they will experience:
  • Local robotics teams displaying their robots in action in the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase
  • Robots packing food for children, as a part of PACK for a Purpose: Robots Fighting Hunger, in collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack, which provides weekend meals for elementary students in supplemental nutrition programs
  • Object Detection and Flexible Grasping with Artificial Intelligence Demo sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries US
  • Comau’s Interactive Wearable Exoskeleton allows attendees to try on a wearable suit and perform assisted task and product handling
  • Soft Robotics End-Of-Arm Tool Exhibit demonstrates an end-of-arm tool designed to mimic the human hand to grasp and manipulate items that vary in size, shape and weight
  • The KUKA Robotic Pianist live in concert
  • The Ready Robotics Bowling Robot
  • Pick and Place/Relocation activities in action, compliments of the University of Waterloo and Septimatech Autonomous Robot
  • And, of course, an Omron Automation interactive dice playing cobot…because, it’s Vegas after all!
The PACK for a Purpose: Robots Fighting Hunger demonstration is in collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack. The charity benefits children facing food insecurity across Las Vegas and elsewhere in the United States. Exhibitor supplied robots will demonstrate various automated capabilities, while filling 6,000 bags of food for this greater cause. Participants include:
  • Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.
  • Chicago Electric
  • FANUC America
  • ProMach Performance Services with ABB, Soft Robotics and Cognex
  • Universal Robots in partnership with Allied Technology
As PMMI’s new Industrial Robots—Growth and Opportunity infographic points out, the growth in robot and cobot use in the packaging industry has grown in all areas. From 2014 to today, robot use in primary packaging has increased from 44 to 53 percent, in secondary packaging from 48 to 70 percent and in transport packaging from 66 to 73 percent. Additionally, cobot use is expected to grow from three percent in all of 2017 to 34 percent of robot sales in 2025. For a more detailed look, check out the full report from show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, PMMI’s 2019 Robotics Innovation 2 Implementation.

“Robots are addressing significant industry challenges by providing increased flexibility and addressing labor shortages. With the many advances in robotics, this is a perfect time to bring the Robotics Zone to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO,” says Laura Thompson, vice president, trade shows, PMMI. “We are not only excited to showcase this innovation, but also to use this technology to fight hunger. We are honored to work with many PACK EXPO exhibitors and Blessings in a Backpack to make a difference in children’s lives.”

The growing demand for robots is sparking innovation in areas such as improved sensors, easier programming, integrated and unified controls, the selection of available end of arm tooling (EOAT) and the introduction of self-teaching robots. These innovations, highlighted in the infographic, and more will be on display first hand in the Robotics Zone and throughout the exhibit halls of PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO.

In addition to showcasing the most comprehensive robotics solutions for packaging, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO will convene 30,000 packaging professionals with 2,000 leading industry suppliers. The 900,000 net square feet of show floor will also offer educational opportunities and industry networking lounges.

At the Innovation Stages, exhibitors will present three days of breakthrough technologies during free 30-minute seminars, located right on the show floor.

After successful debuts at other events in the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, The Forum will be unveiled at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, bringing an interactive learning experience, featuring free 45-minute sessions on the latest industry trends, hands-on activities, small group discussions and Q&A sessions.

Ten-minute sessions will also be presented in the Robotics Zone where attendees can learn more about the robots on display as well as hear about the future of robotics on the factory floor.

Registration, which includes access to both PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, is $30 through Aug. 30 after which the price increases to $100. For more information and to register online, visit www.packexpolasvegas.com and www.hcpelasvegas.com.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 850 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World, Mundo PMMI and OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year. Learn more at pmmi.org and www.packexpo.com and www.pmmimediagroup.com.

About Blessings in a Backpack
Hunger has both short- and long-term adverse effects on health and ability to succeed in school. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Blessings in a Backpack is providing more than 3.2 million hunger-free weekends for more than 87,000 children across the United States. Learn more at www.blessingsinabackpack.org.


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