PBC Linear and its automation venture Applied Cobotics were on display at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in McCormick Place, Chicago, from September 12th through 17th. This six-day event prides itself as the biggest manufacturing tradeshow in the Western Hemisphere with over 86,000 registrants. Held every two years, IMTS showcases the latest innovations in digital and traditional manufacturing, with more than 15,000 new machining technologies.
Through our booth relationships with MCM and Nachi Robotics Systems, tradeshow attendees could sample a range of actuators from PBC Linear, or check out automation tools like our Cobot Feeder from Applied Cobotics. Also in the MCM booth was their impressive Flexible Manufacturing System, which is a huge CNC automation machine. In fact, the machine that was exhibited at the MCM booth then travelled to PBC Linear where it is currently being installed in five stages as part of a massive company investment.
As IMTS has designated this year as the year of the cobot, it was fitting that our Cobot Feeder machines were accessible in two different booths. The Nachi booth featured the Cobot Feeder with the Nachi CZ10 6-axis cobot. This larger-sized cobot features a 10 kg payload and 1300 mm reach. Over at the MCM booth, our Cobot Feeder was auto-assisting the UR10e cobot. This popular model from Universal Robots boasts a 12.5 kg payload and 1300 mm extension.
Together, these demonstrations show the flexibility of the Cobot Feeder to synchronize with different types of collaborative robots. For small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), sidestepping the crippling labor shortage and achieving lights-out automation is now within reach. It’s no wonder that enthusiasm ran high at both booths. This can be seen in the video interviews and excerpts that follow.