Robot use in the packaging industry has grown nearly 48 % among consumer packaged goods companies and 30 % in the life sciences/pharma sector. Trade fair Pack Expo Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging Expo (23 to 25 September 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.
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 %, in secondary packaging from 48 to 70 % and in transport packaging from 66 to 73 %. Additionally, cobot use is expected to grow from three percent in all of 2017 to 34 % of robot sales in 2025. For a more detailed look, interested parties can check out the full report from show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, PMMI’s 2019 Robotics Innovation 2 Implementation.
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.