Robotics & Automation

The Robotics & Automation Zone will feature the latest state-of-the-art equipment and processes for the optimisation of manufacturing operations. Robots are often thought of as the technology of the future, but they’re actually quite old – in fact they recently celebrated their 100th birthday. The word “robot” was first coined in Czech writer Karel Čapek’s play ‘R.U.R.’, written in 1920 and first performed in 1921.

While ‘R.U.R’ and countless works of science fiction in the century since have depicted robots as sources of wonder or menace, the reality today is much more mundane, with modern robots liberating human workers from an ever-growing array of repetitive and dangerous tasks.