ABB’s fundamental new portfolio approach for the robotics-enabled, digital Factory of the Future 

ABB unveils a new era of flexible and collaborative robotic solutions at automatica 2018

ABB announced a new, intelligent design approach to its robotic solution portfolio at automatica 2018, which will provide customers more flexibility and better return on investment in automation. The new approach will allow the portfolio to be easily tailored to a wider range of needs, both for today’s dynamic markets and future opportunities.

The single arm YuMi robot, ABB’s lightest and most agile collaborative robot.
The single arm YuMi robot, ABB’s lightest and most agile collaborative robot.

“The needs of our customers in all industries are changing and will continue to change. ABB is helping them prepare for the future,” said Sami Atiya, President of Robotics and Motion for ABB. “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.”

ABB Ability™ Connected Services and YuMi® collaborative robot.
ABB Ability™ Connected Services and YuMi® collaborative robot.

ABB’s first offerings under this groundbreaking approach include a new single-arm YuMi robot and OmniCore™, an entirely new robot controller family. Both are designed to increase manufacturing flexibility through human robot collaboration while unlocking the full potential of the digital factory. The ABB Ability™ offering and Connected Services are both built into the new controller, as well as ABB’s SafeMove2 safety software solution, which can convert any connected industrial robot into a collaborative one.

ABB SafeMove2 collaborative software and advanced vision systems 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.
ABB SafeMove2 collaborative software and advanced vision systems 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.

ABB continues to build on its leadership in digital with a new virtual meeting tool for its best-in-class RobotStudio® virtual commissioning and simulation software and new Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics (CMD) application preview for its ABB Ability™ Connected Services. The CMD uses a machine learning-based advanced algorithm to detect behavioral anomalies in large robot populations and provide predictive maintenance and optimization guidance.

ABB RobotStudio’s new virtual meeting capabilities allow collaboration around the world.
ABB RobotStudio’s new virtual meeting capabilities allow collaboration around the world.

Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of Robotics for ABB, added “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.”

ABB will present a number of such industry-focused, purposeful solutions at automatica, especially for the important automobile manufacturing markets.

  • The paint shop is one of the most expensive parts of automotive production. One of the highlights of ABB’s stand will be a new ABB Ability™ Connected Atomizer, the world’s first sensor-equipped paint atomizer that can use real-time data to optimize the automotive painting process while the paint is being applied, which can eliminate costly touch-ups and downtime.
  • ABB will also showcase a new final trim and assembly solution developed in cooperation with Volkswagen AG that uses advanced vision guidance and SafeMove2 software to automate the assembly of a car door. Without collaborative automation and digital technologies, this task would have been impossible to automate without first stopping the vehicles from moving through the factory.
  • In addition to automotive, the ABB booth 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.

automatica runs from June 19th to 22nd in Munich, Germany. ABB’s solutions are on display in Hall B5, Booth #334.

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ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 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 in 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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