Already on the first day of Elmia Automation the trade fair floor was packed with both visitors and robots. It’s clear that the fair has grown since it was launched two years ago.
“This is a hugely important fair for us and also for getting more automation into the manufacturing industries,” says Stefan Drakensjö, sales and marketing manager for robotics at ABB.
ABB has a large stand at Elmia Automation, The company aims both to demonstrate its breadth and to exhibit reliable automation solutions.
The stand also houses ABB’s most modern robot, the IRB 6700.
“We want it to be simpler for people to start using automation,” Drakensjö explains. “It should be easier for them to learn to do programming, simpler to get started, and easier for the operator.”
The IRB 6700 is the seventh generation of large robots from ABB and the aim is to make automation as accessible as possible to the customer.
“At our stand we’re presenting the breadth of our range as well as a complete offering of reliable automation,” Drakensjö says. “We’re here to help the customer when it comes to reliability, energy efficiency and production efficiency.”
Elmia Automation has become 25 percent bigger than it was two years ago. This year there are 129 exhibitors in a floor space of 4,421 square metres.
The Swedish tooling machine company Stenbergs, which moved to Jönköping two years ago, is exhibiting for the first time. Göran Johansson is product manager at Stenbergs and is very satisfied with the first day.
“It’s been surprisingly positive. There’s already a lot of people and many interested customers,” he says.
Among other products at its stand, Stenbergs is exhibiting its multi-function lathe, the Okuma Multus B300II–W with integrated automation.
“When the operator sets the machine up for a new job, all the incoming data is on a single screen,” Johansson explains. “This gives shorter set-up times and makes the operator’s job easier.”