Although there were
quite a few conventional industrial robots at the show,
there were almost no painting robots or simple pneumatic
pick and place robots to be found.
One clear trend was the tightly
coordinated motion of multiple arms. One of the
demonstrations reminded me of a graceful pair of swans.
Another trend was the
demonstration of very fast cycle time robots.
One example was an
ABB robot with very lightweight carbon
fiber arms and powerful motors that was able to easily move
large numbers of target objects from a conveyor in record