East building, Level 3, Booth #134352. We have a full line up of over 60 models of IO-Link grippers which are ready for the smart factory and Industry 4.0.
Contributed by | Zimmer Group
Tell us about your company.
Zimmer Group has been a world leader in end-of-arm tooling and automation components since 1980. Our product range is far reaching and extensive. We offer over 4,000 standard off the shelf grippers, rotary actuators and robotic accessories such as tool changers and compensation units. As well as gripper technology, we also manufacture shock absorbers and linear rail clamps and brakes.
Also known as “The-Know-How-Factory”, Zimmer Group was the first manufacturer to produce a fully safety rated collaborative gripper.
Besides our standard products, we are globally recognized as a specialist provider of customized end of arm tooling.
Your company will be exhibiting at IMTS, what is it that makes this an important event for your company?
With IMTS being such a large show, it is a great opportunity to showcase products to a truly knowledgeable audience. Often the attendees have specific applications in mind and it is great to discuss so many applications face to face. Also, attendees are looking for ideas and product to use and we have some unique, technology leading offerings for the market.
Highlight a 2 or 3 products you will be showcasing at the event?
We have a full line up of over 60 models of IO-Link grippers which are ready for the smart factory and Industry 4.0. This includes 4 types of true collaborative grippers which are already on the market today and not just a concept.
We also are showcasing our new GEP2000 series electric grippers – IMTS is the official launch of these small, long-stroke electric grippers which have the highest power to weight ratio of any small electric gripper available today.
IMTS has many educational sessions & Demo’s, is your company involved in any of them this year?
On our booth, we have live demos of our clamps and brakes for linear rail and our shock absorbers. This year it is a very interactive booth compared to previous IMTS shows which we hope will be very educational for visitors.
When you get a chance to walk the exhibit hall floor yourself, what is it you will be most interested to see? Any educational sessions you plan on attending?
We always look forward to seeing what trends are happening on the manufacturing scene. This year it will be interesting to see what augmented reality solutions are being offered and what new gripper solutions are emerging for the logistics industry. And as always it is fun to see the inventive displays from all the robot manufacturers.
When you book a booth for a tradeshow like this what are your expectations and what does your company hope to accomplish at the event?
Overall, networking with both our peers in the industry and finding new people with new ideas is important for us. Additionally, as one of the key technology leaders for grippers, especially smart grippers – a high priority for us at IMTS is to discuss these products with the market, understand the manufacturing processes and to show the additional possibilities that these products can bring to their processes.
A tradeshow of this magnitude is extremely busy and stressful for the staff of exhibiting companies. Any fun things or places your team can suggest in Chicago to help unwind?
Tradeshow weeks are busy so generally no one gets time for sightseeing. Chicago however is full of great restaurants where you can unwind over delicious food. Gyu-kaku Japanese BBQ is a fun option, for sushi try Union Sushi, and you’ve all got to experience Giordano's for Chicago deep pan pizza – go with an empty stomach!
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