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World’s Largest Robots & Vision Show Set for Rosemont, September 27-29



ROSEMONT, Illinois, September 26, 2005 – The International Robots & Vision Show, featuring the latest automation technology for manufacturing companies as well as emerging developments in humanoid robots, comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, September 27-29, 2005.

More than 150 companies will showcase their latest robotics and machine vision products to boost productivity, improve product quality, and reduce manufacturing costs, according to the sponsors.

Among the Chicago area companies exhibiting are Panasonic Factory Solutions Company (Elgin), Reis Robotics (Elgin), Waldman Lighting (Wheeling), Schmersal (Winfield), and Bircher America (Elk Grove Village).

‘‘The use of robotics and machine vision is growing rapidly in virtually every industry as companies seek to become stronger global competitors,’‘ said Donald A. Vincent, Executive Vice President of Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the trade group that sponsors the event along with the Automated Imaging Association (AIA).

‘‘From packaging cookies to painting cars, from inspecting semiconductor chips to checking for glass in baby food jars, robots and machine vision have proven themselves to be among the most critical manufacturing technologies for companies of all sizes,’‘ Vincent asserted. 

‘‘The Robots & Vision Show, which is held every two years, is the place where the world’s leading suppliers unveil their newest products.  It’s also the place where manufacturing companies come to see and compare these products in order to find the suppliers who can best meet their needs,’‘ Vincent explained.

A new addition to this year’s show is the Emerging Robotics Pavilion featuring robotics technology for applications such as elder care, security, rehabilitation and other non-manufacturing applications.  ‘‘We’ve come a long way in the development of mobile and humanoid robots that can interact with people on a daily basis.  While there’s still a ways to go before robots in the home or in public settings are commonplace, it’s clear that advances are coming at a rapid pace,’‘ said Vincent.

Among the other highlights at this year’s show is RoboBar, a robotic bartender from Motoman Inc. (Dayton, OH); a keynote address at 9 a.m. on Tuesday by NASA on Robonaut, a humanoid astronaut; and a special presentation by Toyota on their Partner Robot Development Program (Noon on Wednesday) which focuses on developing humanoid robots for elder care, manufacturing, and human mobility.

In-depth tutorials and conference sessions taught by leading experts from around the world begin on Monday, September 26, with prices ranging from $195 for one session to $1195 for a four day pass.

The Robots & Vision Show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.  The cost is $30 without a ticket or advance registration.  Registration is available on the Internet at www.robots-vision-show.info.  No one under 18 years of age is admitted.

The Robots & Vision Show is co-located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center with the Assembly Technology Expo sponsored by Reed Exhibitions.  Some 600 leading suppliers of automated assembly equipment will exhibit.  Free crossover between the two shows is permitted for anybody with a badge to either show.

For further details, contact the Robots & Vision Show office at 847-653-3900 beginning at 9 am on Monday, September 26.

Jeff Burnstein

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