ABB pioneered the world’s first industrial paint robot and
the world’s first all-electric microprocessor-
controlled robot in the late 1960s and early
To this day, ABB remains a market and technology leader
in robotics with more than 250,000 robots sold to
customers all over the world – one of the largest installed
base in the industry. The impact of these robots on manufacturing processes
and industrial productivity has been revolutionary. Their
ability to achieve huge increases in output and process
quality - and similarly huge reductions in downtime,
operating costs and manpower - have made them indispensable
to industrial production.
ABB robots play a significant role in our daily lives: hardly
a moment goes by without our using a product that
was manufactured or handled by an ABB robot.
For instance, ABB robots pick, pack and palletize our
food and beverages for companies like Nestlé, Unilever
and Cadbury. They carve, sand, finish, paint and package
the furniture and flooring in our homes for two of the
biggest names in the business – Ikea and Tarkett; and
they weld, grind, polish and paint our PCs, laptops,
iPods, mobile phones, cameras and game consoles for
the world’s leading brands and manufacturers – Apple,
Dell, Foxconn, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Nokia and
They make the solar panels on our roofs, the glassware
on our tables, building materials for our homes, the
ceramics in our bathrooms, and the cookers, dishwashers,
plastic containers, wood cupboards and metal sinks
in our kitchens. When we are ill, the tablets and other medications we
take are picked, packed and palletized by ABB robots for companies like AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson
& Johnson and Schering-Plough. They are even
being used in hospitals to help with physiotherapy
Above all, ABB robots make the cars, buses and trucks
that we drive. Most auto makers and their suppliers use
ABB robotics solutions for some or all of their manufacturing
processes – in powertrain assembly, press automation,
body-in-white and painting the final product.
In fact ABB robots not only boost industrial productivity,
they can also achieve a massive improvement in energy
efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
The FlexPainter IRB 5500 paint robot, for instance, has
reduced paint shop energy consumption by 50 percent
at automotive factories all over the world.
Paint shops consume vast amounts of electrical energy,
typically about half the total power consumption of an
entire automotive plant. Not surprisingly, the FlexPainter
paint robot has had an immediate impact on the auto
industry, taking a 30 percent market share within
18 months of its introduction in 2006.
ABB robots have also benefited health and safety by
dramatically elevating the nature of work and improving
working conditions for employees. Robots have eliminated
monotonous and dangerous tasks like lifting and
carrying heavy objects and have reduced labor turnover
and raised job satisfaction in many workplaces that are
dangerous, dull or dirty.
With robotics manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe
and North America, ABB solutions include robots
and controllers, application equipment and software,
standardized modular manufacturing cells, and global
service and support.