Top 10 Robots and Automation Seen at ProMat 2023

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Swisslog brings ACPaQ palletizing system to the U.S.

Swisslog’s ACPaQ system for mixed-case palletizing has already been in use in Europe, noted Sean Wallingford, the company’s CEO for the Americas.

“While Europe has been ahead of North America because of space constraints, this automation provides an opportunity for that to flip,” he told Robotics 24/7. “It’s fully integrated, with a robotic arm, a vision system, and a conveyor. Our portfolio is optimized for where the industry is going.”

Swisslog also exhibited the latest version of its CarryPick mobile robot at ProMat.

“With our parent company KUKA, this AMR can help companies automate as they go,” Wallingford said. “It hits the sweet spot of labor and productivity for manufacturing and fulfillment.”

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) claimed that it will have the largest autonomous mobile robot (AMR) portfolio once it fully integrates fellow Teradyne unit AutoGuide. The products include a pallet jack, and the company also announced its MiR Insights cloud-based software tool for fleet analysis. MiR is focusing on specific markets for its AMRs.

“Our product line includes proven technologies, and we’re focusing on larger customers in automotive, electronics, and consumer goods markets,” said Jane Heffner, the new sales director for the U.S. at Mobile Industrial Robots. “We are seeing reshoring of production, such as Intel in Columbus, Ohio, because of government incentives.”

Zebra Technologies’ display emulated distribution center operations, from receiving to putaway, depalletizing, and fulfillment. It combined its voice technology with mobile robots from its acquisition of Fetch Robotics in 2021.

In addition, Honeywell Intelligrated showed its Smart Flexible Depalletizer.

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