ABB displays market-leading digital and automation solutions at China International Industry Fair

  • Innovative digital solutions demonstrate how ABB is leading the race towards digital manufacturing
  • Artificial intelligence-enabled YuMi® waste separation prototype offers hi-tech recycling solution
  • ABB launches PickMaster® Twin software for faster robotic picking, with digital twin technology for shorter commissioning times

ABB will showcase a wide range of innovative digital products, solutions and services that are driving manufacturing towards the automated and connected Factory of the Future at this year’s China International Industry Fair (CIIF).

The five-day fair, which starts September 17, is one of China's leading events in equipment manufacturing. ABB is among the 2,600 exhibitors that will demonstrate its products with a focus on empowering new industrial development, with the largest booth at the CIIF 2019 event.

“At this year’s CIIF event we are showcasing our digital leadership with a range of solutions that are helping our customers embrace the trend of mass customization and thrive in today’s challenging and competitive market conditions. We lead the market with our picking and placing technology, and our new PickMaster® Twin software takes us to another level. As well as featuring a digital twin for the first time, PickMaster® Twin offers a digital production dashboard, creating unprecedented levels of visibility and transparency, which will help manufacturers realize even greater efficiencies on their production lines,” said James Li, Lead Business Manager, ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation in China.

ABB PickMaster® Twin software
ABB PickMaster® Twin software

For China, the epicenter of the world’s electronics manufacturing industry, flexibility and efficiency of the production line is crucial to produce diverse goods in smaller batches.

To demonstrate its capability in this segment, ABB will feature a watch making Factory of the Future cell at CIIF featuring a model production line assembling customized wrist-watches in lot sizes of one, in real time. A range of ABB’s flexible and efficient digital manufacturing products makes this possible: YuMi® collaborative robots will pick and place the parts of the watch, offering their unmatched precision in assembly operations, while ABB’s SuperTrak flexible transport system will ensure the timely movement of parts from one station to another. ABB is also showcasing its digital twin technology which allows operators to control the different production steps and make simulated quality checks, and necessary interventions to optimize the production process.

 ABB model robot production line assembling customized wrist-watches
ABB model robot production line assembling customized wrist-watches

ABB will also showcase how digital solutions can address the challenge of recycling in the future. ABB’s AI waste separation prototype, being developed following the Shanghai Municipality’s new recycling ordinance, is a neural network of robots, computers and sensors that can classify and sort waste in the same way that a human brain does. Combining a vision system, artificial intelligence and machine learning with a dual-arm YuMi® and an IRB 1200 material handling robot, a cloud-based dashboard presents images of waste to the YuMi robot which learns the type of waste and sorts it into four categories of bins. The trash is then moved down the conveyor belt where the IRB 1200 robot collects the different types of trash for recycling.

ABB artificial intelligence-enabled YuMi® waste separation prototype
ABB artificial intelligence-enabled YuMi® waste separation prototype

ABB’s latest vehicle manufacturing solutions will also be on display. The battery assembly process for both battery-powered EVs and plug-in hybrids will be showcased with an advanced battery pack testing cell. ABB’s advanced digital paint solutions are designed to meet the needs of China’s automotive manufacturing industry. The Ability™ Connected Atomizer is the world’s first digitally-connected paint atomizer providing real-time analysis and diagnostics to help achieve near-zero defect painting, reduce paint loss and ensure uptime, potentially saving millions of dollars for users.

“ABB has been a pioneering leader in digitalization for more than 40 years, and the exciting innovations and demonstrations on display at this year’s show illustrate how our approach is keeping both our business and our customers on the leading edge of innovation and automation. Although robots are at the heart of our offering, we also offer the benchmark in robot software, pre-engineered function packages and the industry’s broadest service offering and network. This all means we have a great portfolio that is ready to help our customers deal with the exciting challenges of industrial automation,” said Steven Wyatt, Head of Portfolio and Digital for ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation business.

Spanning nearly 1000 m2, the ABB stand in Hall 8.1 and booth E001 is the largest at CIIF this year and includes several other ABB products such as the third generation PickMaster software used for industrial picking and packaging applications. Also, on display is the Ability™ Connected Services robot monitoring software as well as RobotStudio® on which robots can be programmed virtually before being set up on the factory floor.

As a newer member of ABB, B&R (H6.1, Booth B163) will also participate in the Fair with several machine automation demonstrations, including SuperTrak and ACOPOStrak flexible electric conveyor systems, integrated vision system, smart factory solutions and an integrated automation platform.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

ABB Robotics is a pioneer in industrial and collaborative robots and advanced digital services. As one of the world’s leading robotics suppliers, we are active in 53 countries and over 100 locations and have shipped over 400,000 robot solutions for a diverse range of industries and applications. We help our customers to improve flexibility, efficiency, safety and reliability, while moving towards the connected and collaborative factory of the future. www.abb.com/robotics

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