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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

International Robots & Vision Show

The Quick-Change Tool Changer from ATI Industrial Automation.
FANUC Robotics' New Intelligent LR Mate 200iC 'LEAN' Robot.
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International Robots & Vision Show
June 12-14, 2007
Rosemont, Ill.

The International Robots & Vision Show, held just once every two years, draws more than 5,000 potential customers looking for new products and solutions. In 2007, it will be co-located with Sensors Expo, one of North America's most important trade shows for companies seeking automation products. The dual events are expected to draw a highly qualified audience of more than 5,000 engineering and manufacturing professionals. In addition, the International Symposium on Robotics, which is hosted on a different continent in a different country and city each year, is being hosted by the show. The Symposium always is organized in conjunction with an International Robot Exhibition and it will be another five years before it comes back to North America.

This year the show is all about a hands-on experience; a highlight is the Hands-on Highway. Exhibitors are preparing demonstrations to show how easy these technologies are to use and how best to apply them in specific situations. Select companies are stops on the Hands-on Highway so attendees can experience four-minute, self-guided demonstrations to see how the technology can help in their specific situations.

Keynote speakers this year are William L. "Red" Whittaker on Monday, June 11 and Steve Squyres, Ph.D. on Tuesday, June 12.

Whittaker is the Fredkin Professor of Robotics, Director of the Field Robotics Center, and founder of the National Robotics Engineering Consortium, all at Carnegie Mellon University. He also is the Chief Scientist of RedZone Robotics. Steve Squyres is the author of the book Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet. He is Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and is the principal investigator for the science payload on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project. This talk provides an up-to-date summary of the missions of Spirit and Opportunity, from their initial conception through their development, launch, landing, and operations on the surface of Mars.

Featured products of the show are Fanuc Robotics' New Intelligent LR Mate 200iC "LEAN" Robot and the Quick-Change Tool Changer from ATI Industrial Automation. FANUC Robotics new LR Mate 200iC robot is the company's next generation mini-robot, offering maximum performance in a light, efficient, accurate and nimble (LEAN) package.



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