The future of manufacturing — which looks a lot more robotic and a lot less human — is on display as WESTEC 2017 kicked off its three-day run at Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday.
The annual trade show highlights some of the latest technologies in manufacturing, leaving little doubt that automation is not the coming king, it’s the king that is here.
At the Lyndex Nikken booth, a robotic arm deftly retrieved a cylindrical metal part and moved it from one machine to another. Its movements were quick and precise.
“What you’re looking at is our presentation area where the robot will pick up the piece and load it into the main spindle of the turning center,” said Randy Peacock, a senior engineering specialist
with the Mundelein, Illinois-based tech firm. “In the second operation, it will load it into one of our pallet chucks. And then the robot will take the part and load it into our rotary cable site.”