ABB has announced that it is introducing a new, intelligent design approach to its robotics that will unlock the full potential of digital factories.
As a next step to reducing downtime in factories, ABB has developed its new machines and software to work in an automated and collaborative way.
One of ABB’s first offerings is a single-arm YuMi robot and OmniCore, an entirely new robot controller family, which will increase manufacturing flexibility through human-robot collaboration while unlocking the full potential of the digital factory.
ABB has designed the robots to work with its new software system, ABB SafeMove2, which make it possible to automate the task of inserting a car door into its hinges while the car body and door continue moving through the factory.
The Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation will present its updated portfolio during automatica 2018 — an intelligent automation and robotics event held during June in Munich, Germany.
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In addition to automotive, ABB will also feature the latest robotics solutions to help fulfillment centers and warehouses manage the soaring volumes and increased complexity of today’s intralogistics.
An ABB eFulfillment solution can sort and stack products being prepared for shipment with greater flexibility and a smaller footprint than traditional, expensive tower sequencing systems.
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Sami Atiya, President of Robotics and Motion for ABB, said: “The needs of our customers in all industries are changing and will continue to change.
“ABB is helping them prepare for the future.
“Mass customization is no longer a trend – it is the ‘new normal’ for many sectors and requires a higher level of flexibility that we are helping our customers to meet.”
Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of Robotics for ABB, commented: “Our customers are increasingly interested in exploring the potential of collaborative automation and digital solutions to improve their flexibility and performance.
“At the same time, they increasingly need purposeful, tailored solutions for unique applications. We are transforming our portfolio to meet this need today, and – more importantly – for tomorrow. Today we witness the dawn of a new era in robotics.”