While there were plenty of robots at booths, a few could also be seen moving around the show floor.
One of them was Effidence’s EffiBOT. Attached to the mobile robot was a robot arm from Nachi Robotics Systems. Showing the EffiBOT at Automate was Effidence’s U.S. partner A&M Industrial.
Thomas Trudell, business development strategist of corporate accounts at A&M Industrial, told Robotics 24/7 the EffiBOT can work with a range of robot arms. At the show, the system was loading and unloading a CNC machine.
Trudell said the mobile robot/robot arm combo allows for a more integrated all-in-one system.
“The old technology goes back to one arm, one machine or maybe two machines,” he said. “Then they moved into the rail system, a guided rail that a robot slides along and can load multiple machines. The next iteration of that would be something like what we did here, where we pair an AMR with an arm so that we can do a whole shop, not just tending the machine but fully automate an entire plant.”Return to article.