Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Learning in Chicago: IMTS 2014 and Toshiba Machine

At IIS, we truly enjoy learning about new technologies in the robotics and automation field. Recently, we took two important trips that we believe will make us a better and more responsive company. In this blog, we take a closer look at our time at IMTS 2014’s Industrial Automation North America and the Toshiba Machine American headquarters.

IMTS 2014

The IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) is a bi-annual event that claims to be America’s largest manufacturing show. IMTS 2014 took place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, September 8-13. IIS was proud to attend the co-located Industrial Automation North America show at IMTS 2014. We had the honor to represent the SERCOS booth, where we showed off the new Emerald Automation Controller which features both SERCOS II and SERCOS III interface. Our time at both IMTS and IANA gave us the opportunity to meet and interact with both current and future customers. It was a great opportunity to have the chance to meet other leaders within your own industry. Needless to say, we plan on attending and showing at IMTS and IANA 2016, September 12-17, 2016 at the McCormick Center.

Toshiba Machine

During our time in the Chicago area, IIS made a very important side trip. Just over 20 miles outside of Chicago in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, sits the impressive U.S. headquarters of the Toshiba Machine Company. IIS has a long history of partnering with Toshiba on both robotics and automation equipment, so we were excited about checking out the latest technology from Toshiba. We got to view three different robots, and we were especially impressed with their latest articulated, 6-axis robot designed to handle a variety of applications including loading and unloading plastic molding machines. Of course these types of robots need to programed, so we are thankful that our IIS controllers are a perfect match for all of Toshiba’s innovative robotics.

Overall, our time in the Chicago area was extremely productive. Both IMTS 2014 and our visit to Toshiba Machine went a long way to making sure that IIS stays on the cutting edge of the robotics and automation industries. If you want to learn more about our work with Toshiba, please feel free to contact us directly today.