May 16-18, 2017 | Eastern States Exposition | West Springfield, MA
WEST SPRINGFIELD – Eastec, the manufacturing trade show at the Eastern States Exposition this week, features more than 600 exhibitors and they come from all over the country.
But the local interest is in Massachusetts companies innovating and selling those innovations to industry this week at the Big E.
Here is a sampling:
1) Rethink Robotocs of Boston displayed a robot with tablet computer face displaying two big smiling eyes.
It’s not just to be cute, Rethink’s Cliff Fitzgerlad said. The “eyes” point in the direction the robot is about to move providing an intuitive way for the humans on the factory floor to know what the robot is about to do.
“It’s a safety issue,” he said. “You always know what it is doing.”
After hearing that the robot is good at repetitive tasks that will drive a human crazy, state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, a parent of a young daughter, asked if it changes diapers.
The robots are designed in Boston and built in New Hampshire.
The Springfield-based gunmaker used the show to tout its industrial services capabilities, basically its ability to manufacture and heat-treat parts for other companies using the same technology, employees and facilities it uses to make firearms.