ABB helping China to unlock the “Factory of the Future” in Shanghai this week

2016-10-26 - More than a dozen robotic applications and solutions will showcase the collaboration and digitalization that are the hallmarks of the flexible, agile and efficient factory of the future.

ABB will feature more than a dozen innovative robotic applications and solutions at the 2016 China International Industrial Fair (CIIF), November 1-5 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Since its 1999 launch, CIIF has become one of the largest and most influential international industry events, and is expected to attract more than 120,000 visitors. The theme of the ABB booth (#B053, Hall 7.1) is Collaboration, Simplification and Digitalization, as ABB showcases its latest technologies that will pave the way for manufacturers to a flexible and agile “Factory of the Future!” and help realize the ambitions of Made in China 2025.

As manufacturing moves from mass production to mass customization, the flexibility to efficiently change and adapt production becomes critical. This requires increased collaboration between people and robots, between islands of automation and even between production sites. It also demands simplification to reduce programming time and provide intuitive human-machine interfaces, which allow manufacturers to seamlessly accommodate numerous products on a single system.

Digitalization ties it all together through ABB Ability™, which connects automation solutions to the power of the Industrial Internet of Things, turning data insights into the direct action that improves productivity, flexibility and efficiency along the manufacturing value chain.

“Upgrading our industry is a cornerstone of the Made in China 2025 strategy. Manufacturers here understand the importance of embracing these innovative technologies, and recognize that robot-driven automation is at the center of the manufacturing engine,” said James-Gang Li, General Manager, ABB Robotics in China. “ABB is proud to help its customers at every step of this journey towards the factory of the future, while building their competitive edge for efficiency, reliability and market agility.”

ABB will present its new collaborative solution SafeMove2, an advanced safety-certified monitoring and control software solution that allows people to safely work alongside its extensive portfolio of robots with payloads ranging from 6 kg to 800 kg, without compromising productivity. SafeMove2 will be presented together with YuMi®, the world’s first truly collaborative robot, which will be part of an interactive, hands-on demonstration allowing attendees to program YuMi using ABB’s easy-to-use, lead-through programming technology.

A prime example of the trend towards digitalization, ABB is showcasing its new 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 ABB introduced nearly a decade ago and reflect the benefits of integrating more than 5,000 robots today into the manufacturing ecosystem.

CIIF marks the world premiere of embedded Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities for ABB Connected Services Remote Access offering. Remote Access provides instant and secure access to troubleshoot performance related or unexpected issues remotely as if experts were sitting right at the robot controller. The Remote Access plug n’ play gateway can be installed anywhere and be connected to any control device, and allows experts to successfully troubleshoot up to 70 percent of all cases.

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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.