ABB Robotics has announced its annual Technology Days event to be held April 21 and 22 at its North American headquarters training center in Auburn Hills (Detroit), MI. I attended last year. It was packed with information. If you’re a robotics integrator or user–or want to be, this is a good event. It includes presentation, seminars and demonstrations on industrial robotic technology. This year the company is expanding the event to include other ABB business units, outside technology providers and partners.

Here’s the agenda for the two days:

Wednesday, April 21: The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is dedicated to all current and prospective ABB customers. In addition to the on-floor demonstrations, over 30 topic specific seminars will be held throughout the day. This is a great opportunity for industry professionals to gain first hand intelligence and network with their peers in the industrial robotic, motion, control and automation industries. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Thursday, April 22:  Is the Open House from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – open to anyone interested in learning more about robotics, including old friends, new friends, family, youth organizations and students. Though there will be no formal seminars on this day, the full demonstration floor will be open and all ABB experts will be on hand. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.

A sampling of the nearly three dozen robotic exhibits and demonstrations includes cutting edge applications in welding, laser cutting, packaging (picking, packing and palletizing), painting, tool changing, unmanned military vehicles, refurbished robots – before and after, entry level robotic cells and much more.

Each of the 45 minute long technical seminars will be presented several times on Wednesday so attendees can see as much as possible. Seminar topics include emerging technology and innovations in robotic safety, welding, high-speed picking applications, material handling, material removal, press automation, remote monitoring, off-line programming and more.

New for 2010 will be the presence of exhibits from other divisions of ABB. The new ABB Automation Products Rolling Road Show, a 45 ft long, 60,000 lb expandable trailer will be in the parking lot featuring an array of product and service solutions from the Drives, Low Voltage Products, and Low Voltage Motors business units.  Additional products from the Discrete Automation & Motion and Low Voltage Products divisions will be featured, including a working demo of the ABB Wireless Interface for Sensors and Actuators (WISA) and working demos of the new ABB Motor Control Center and Low Voltage Switchgear product. Also, there will be active demonstrations of the Ultra Low Harmonic drive, AC500 PLC communicating multiple protocols, drive dynamometer applications, and a pump simulation that demonstrates the ability to control 3 drives simultaneously without the need of a PLC as a master control.

Click for more information including a full list of seminars and demonstrations and to register for the event. The ABB facility in is located at 1250 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

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