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Automation Futurists wear Sensible Footwear


Sep 6, 2018

By: Sue Moore
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As a marketing professional for global technology companies for more than 25 years, I’ve been blessed, or perhaps it’s cursed, to be part of more than 300 trade shows around the world. I've sincerely lost track. Each show requires months of hard work in demo preparation, booth design and planning, creating collateral materials and even deciding what tchotchkes to give away to make a lasting impression with visitors.

Trade shows are where we proudly exhibit new products and applications. It’s where colleagues and competitors come together to catch up, to brag and to laugh.

Usually, it's an electric (and exhausting) atmosphere, where your cheeks hurt from smiling so much – not only on the show floor, but in the local establishments in the evenings. Every minute of the week is about networking and good footwear (newbies learn very quickly that it’s all about the footwear. Fashion faux pas idealists aside.) And, we’re about to do it all over again at the upcoming: PACK EXPO International, Oct. 14-17, in Chicago, AMK Automation’s own backyard.

While the Internet of Things continues to transform our lives, one thing about trade shows that hasn’t changed is the celebration of our industry. We are all there learning, sharing, engaging. It reminds me of working trade shows in the nineties when everything — including our show attire — was big and loud. I recall one show where we had to make a huge splash as we had just rebranded and we had to enter the show late with the good, large floor spaces already assigned. The best the show organizers could do was give us two booths separated by an aisle. Our then marketing leader, Carl, took the offer and challenged our exhibit design firm to “bridge” the two booths with lighting, banners and more. Brilliant. Note: exhibition management companies outlawed such shenanigans after that, but Carl always made the impossible possible. Big. Bold. And Colorful. I digress.

Just as the largess of the nineties has slimmed down in today’s culture, so has the footprint of machinery. At this year’s PACK EXPO, we may not have a lighted bridge over the aisle, but we will have something even more relevant: interactive demonstrations of the new MAKe middleware packages, which will show how easily AMK solutions can be up and running without the lengthy time needed learning a new programming application. This is a must-see for OEMs and end users who want to streamline their machines.

Visitors will be able to see how the MAKe auto-adjust is simple to configure by interacting with the working demo. Another will be our ever-favored ball machine updated for this year’s show, which is really a fully automated version of our distributed, cabinet-free portfolio. (Come by to show me where the electrical cabinet is…and if you guess right, I may have one of those cool giveaways with your name on it, okay it’ll have our name on it).

We’re bringing the future of automation to the show this year. Technology is giving way to smaller footprints in motion control components. We’re excited to be at the forefront of this. Make it simple, that’s our mission. Make it fun, that’s our goal. Keep you innovative, is our goal.

Come interact with our demoes, grab a cup of really good coffee, see why AMK is unique, ask a lot of questions, and check out our cool giveaways at PACK EXPO. We’ll be the ones smiling (in sensible footwear).

 

To learn more about AMK Automation, call us at 847-565-2652 or reserve a meeting with our engineers at PACK EXPO International, Booth N-6129, Oct. 14-17 in Chicago.

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QUESTION 1

DOES YOUR MACHINE REQUIRE MORE THAN IP65 PROTECTION?

QUESTION 2

HOW’S THE TEMPERATURE IN YOUR MACHINE’S ENVIRONMENT?

QUESTION 3

ARE THERE ANY MOTORS THAT MOVE A LOAD GREATER THAN 10nM?

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YOU PROBABLY NEED A

CENTRALIZED SYSTEM

Based on your answers, the most effective and stable motion control framework for your machine locates PLC and drive components in a control cabinet. However, it may be possible to modify certain motor sizing decisions to use a hybrid framework.

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You probably need a

Hybrid System

Based on your answers, a hybrid motion control framework will provide the best system. By combining decentralized drives, power supplies and other components with a selective use of cabinet-based components, you can create a smart machine design with modular flexibility.

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YOU PROBABLY NEED A

DECENTRALIZED SYSTEM

Based on your answers, your machine seems eligible for a “cabinet-free” or decentralized motion control system. This could simplify many of your engineering, cabling and installation challenges, and free you to design an automated manufacturing system with maximum value.

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