ABB unlocks the doors to the warehouse of the future at LogiMAT 2017

2017-03-13 - ABB to showcase the latest robotic and drive technologies to automate warehouses and distribution centers.

ABB will highlight innovative automation solutions at the 15th International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow (LogiMAT 2017) from March 14 to 16, 2017 at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Held annually, LogiMAT provides visitors with a comprehensive review of the entire sector, from procurement to production and deliveries. The ABB booth (Stand EO71) will include the latest robotics and drive technologies designed to provide warehouse managers with the flexibility and agility necessary to open the doors to the warehouse of the future, today.

Warehouses, distribution centers and logistics providers are facing increasing pressure today to improve productivity and speed while facing labor shortages and an increased focus on safety. As a result companies are seeking innovative new ways to maximize throughput via the use of automated solutions, including variable speed drives and robotic applications.

To be successful these solutions must be scalable, flexible and reliable, as well as able to optimize both processes and controls. This requires increased collaboration between people, robots and islands of automation. Digitalization ties it all together, where actionable information leads to better decisions, and helps distributors unlock the benefits of ABB’s concept of the Industrial Internet of Things - increasing productivity, flexibility and efficiency along the entire value chain.

“The exponential growth of order intake in the last decade requires more efficient and reliable solutions. Robotic systems are perfect for the further optimization of this transformation,” says Ali Raja, Business Development Manager, Logistics, ABB Robotics. “ABB’s leading position in the automation industry is helping its customers manage this transition towards greater efficiency and reliability while opening the door to the logistics center of the future.”

Using Virtual Reality, ABB demonstrates its robotic sequencing solution, an integrated distribution and eFulfillment application. Also on display is YuMi®, the world’s first truly collaborative robot, along with its Connected Services platform for robots which can prevent up to 25 percent of incidents, and speed response times and issue resolution by up to 60 percent. Connected Services are part of the ongoing evolution of the Remote Services for robots that ABB introduced almost 10 years ago and today, there are over 6,000 robots integrated into the Connected Services ecosystem.

“The efficiency and productivity of safe warehousing is increased by utilizing our Automation Builder software suite, the scalable range of ABB all-compatible variable speed drives (VSDs) and PLCs (programmable logic controllers) in combination,” says Antti Koponen, Global OEM Sales Manager, ABB Drives. “Reliable operation of automation device in use is completed with ABB’s life cycle services, resulting in lower total cost of ownership ensuring optimal and safe operation of their warehouse and logistics center.”

Also featured is the new regenerative ACS880-11 industrial drive that captures braking energy so that it can be returned to the supply network, instead of being lost as heat. This provides clear cost savings for users in a variety of applications with frequent braking operations such as stacker cranes.

Virtual commissioning via ABB’s Automation Builder software suite saves time and reduces risks as customers can simulate their warehouse and logistics applications to verify logic, detect errors, prove quality and accelerate commissioning. With condition monitoring system of AC500 PLCs combined with control and safety, customers can continuously monitor the electrical and mechanical condition of their machines and schedule targeted preventative maintenance.

Further information for editors:

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.

ABB Drives is a leading manufacturer of variable speed drives – providing low and medium voltage AC drives and DC drives along with control software to various constant and variable torque applications such as pumps, fans, conveyers, winches and cranes across all industries. Variable speed drives along with high efficiency motors are the most affordable and effective way to save energy and optimize operations in a sustainable way.

In 2015, ABB’s installed base of drives saved 490 TWh, equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 120 million European households. If that 490 TWh would have been generated by fossil fuel powered electricity plants, ABB drives reduced CO2 emissions in 2015 by about 410 million tonnes, corresponding with the yearly emissions of over 100 million cars.

About ABB
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.