ABB Robotics showcases the Factory of the Future at Automate 2017

2017-04-03 - Featuring the latest and most innovative collaboration and digitalization technologies that provide manufacturers greater flexibility and efficiency.

ABB will exhibit a selection of its latest and most innovative robotic technologies at Automate 2017, April 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Hosted biennially by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Automate is the broadest industrial automation event in North America, featuring the latest in cutting-edge robotics, vision and motion control. The theme of the ABB booth (# 1635) is “Collaboration and Digitalization for the Flexible and Efficient Factory of the Future.”

Collaboration is highlighted by YuMi®, the industry’s first truly collaborative robot, and SafeMove2, the latest generation of ABB’s safety-certified robot monitoring software. YuMi is specifically designed to work alongside humans in a variety of small part assembly and material handling tasks. SafeMove2 enables people to safely work alongside ABB robots with payloads ranging from 6kg to 800kg without compromising productivity, providing an optimum level of collaboration and flexibility for higher speed, higher throughput applications that typically require more insular, non-intrusive levels of safety.

At the ABB booth, an IRB 1200 equipped with SafeMove2 will work together with YuMi®, the world’s first truly collaborative robot, and two humans on a contactor block assembly operation.

Digitalization tools lsuch as ABB’s Connected Services allow manufacturers to harness the full value of intelligence from single robots through to entire fleets, using real-time data via intuitive dashboards to improve robot system performance and reliability. Connected Services are part of the ongoing evolution of the Remote Services platform for robots which ABB introduced nearly a decade ago and reflect the benefits of integrating more than 6,000 robots into the manufacturing ecosystem.

Both collaboration and digitalization are essential elements of the flexible and efficient Factory of the Future, where manufacturers can respond with ease to the high mix, low volume production cycles created by shorter product lifespans, changing customer tastes and made-to-order strategies.

“One of the key advantages our North America manufacturing customers have in terms of global competitiveness is their ability to serve local customers with agility and flexibility,” said Gustavo Sepulveda, USA Robotics Managing Director. “Smarter factories with smarter automation systems that take advantage of collaboration and digitalization are driving a resurgence of manufacturing and reshoring here in North America.”

Further information for editors:

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 more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

ABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 300,000 robots worldwide.

All ABB Robotics' products are fully supported by the ABB Robotics’ global sales and service organization in 53 countries and over 100 locations.

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