North American robot sales hit a record last year, creating the momentum for automation to take center stage in Orlando at NPE2012.
The Robotic Industries Association reports that 19,337 industrial robots were sold in North America, shattering the record set in 2005. So robot sales — along with other types of plastics machinery — are back to pre-recessionary levels, or even higher.
Automation fans will find lots to enjoy at the Orange County Convention Center from April 1-5. At the first NPE in Orlando, high-speed robots will do it all: remove parts from the mold, do in-mold labeling, orient parts for inspection and downstream packaging.
In a dance of technology, articulating-arm robots will dramatically move parts in any direction for trimming, vision inspection and more.
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ASS End of Arm Tooling Inc. (Booth 4231): Grippers that are stronger and more compact for parts or runner removal. A new robotic-tooling interface.
CBW Automation (Booth 3169): New high-speed automation for case unpacking of lids and containers at filling lines. Automated cell for in-mold labeling syringes on a 16-cavity mold, running on an all-electric Milacron injection press. Information on robots that can remove flip-top caps, close them on the fly and place the oriented caps on a conveyor — all faster than dropping the parts. Milacron LLC (Booth 2803) will introduce at its exhibit CBW's telescoping side-entry robot.
Centerline Robot Re-Manufacturing (Booth 4217): Services and upgrades of many robot brands.
Hekuma GmbH (Booth 46022): New high-speed DS take-out robot from the Heku-Series, with a speed of up to 33 feet per second, integrated into an Engel injection press. The robot will remove the finished part and place it, separated by cavity.
HyRobotics Corp. (Booth 9035): Robots. End-of-arm tooling, stacking and packing equipment.
Ilsemann Automation Corp. (Booth 1383): Take-out robots for in-mold labeling and in-mold barrier.
KMT Robotic Solutions Inc. (Booth 34035): Robotic trimmers and routers.
Ranger Automation Systems Inc. (Booths 4201, 4217): Robots. End-of-arm tooling, stacking and packaging equipment.
Reis Robotics USA Inc. (Booth 2593): Robots and end-of-arm tooling.
Sailor Automation Inc. (Booth 1691): Robots, degating equipment, end-of-arm tooling.
SAS Automation LLC (Booth 3383): New GSZ spring-loaded sprue plier arm. New high-heat markless vacuum cups. New pneumatic parallel grippers.
Sepro America LLC (Booth 348): All three sizes of the fifth-generation of S5 robots, including the new S5-15, the smallest, for use on injection molding machines with clamping forces ranging from 30-180 tons. S5 robots are equipped with the Sepro Visual 2 controller. Also, Axess beam robots with the Touch 2 control. SR Series of sprue pickers.
Star Automation Inc. (Booth 3515): TW-1700HMVIS, a five-axis, high-speed robot for injection presses of 500-1,000 tons. Dual entry arm permits fast demolding of stack molds. The TW-1100HMVI, a smaller four-axis robot for presses from 250-450 tons. A two-axis servo sprue picker that can release product to different locations.
Staubli Corp. (Booth 3714): Robotic and fluid connection solutions.
Waldorf Technik Inc. (Booth 54027): Automation systems. Robots.
Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. (Booth 2843): R8.2 part removal robot with Smart Removal, Eco-Mode and Smart Start.
Yushin America Inc. (Booth 1563): Debut of the YC and YCII series and the ultrahigh-speed HSA top-entry robots.
Exhibit booth locations
West Hall: 100-9399
South/North Hall: 10000-65099