This week Steve and Mike talk to Sami Atiya, CEO of ABB Robotics and Verónica Pascual, CEO of ASTI about the recent news of the acquisition of ASTI by ABB. Also on the show is Ash Sharma from Interact Analysis to discuss the story.
ABB expanded its cobot portfolio with the GoFa and SWIFTI lines that offer higher payloads and speeds to complement its YuMi cobots.
BJ Minson didn’t like the imperfect fit and sloppy profile of the standard belts he could find on the market, with the buckle and excess strap end awkwardly protruding from under his untucked shirt. So while working on a master’s degree in microfluidics, he began playing around with the design for a sleeker belt with…
ABB introduced its Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) service that enables customers to create a preventive maintenance schedule for individual or robot fleets based on real-time operational data. ABB said the CBM service should optimize productivity and minimize downtime. CBM uses real-time data on robot operations to help identify any potential issues that could affect performance, including…
A new ROS driver for ABB robots was introduced at the recent ROS-Industrial Conference. The driver, which is now available on GitHub, is designed to ease interaction between ABB robot controllers and ROS-based systems by providing ready-to-run ROS nodes. Here is a look at the included (principal) packages are brief descriptions for each: abb_rws_state_publisher: Provides…
ABB has expanded its Wizard Easy Programming tool to its IRB 1100 industrial robot range to make it easier to install, program, and operate robots without specialized training.
The Compact Interior Painting Station enables automotive manufacturers to reduce the size of their vehicle interior painting stations by one third, while saving costs and making facilities more sustainable, said ABB.
VW Commercial Vehicles plans to deploy 800 ABB industrial robots to support its transition to electric vehicles in the plant for its ID. Buzz van.
ABB said its strategic purchase of Netherlands-based Codian Robotics builds on its global food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and logistics portfolio.
ABB is extending its family of small six-axis industrial robots with the launch of the IRB 1300. The IRB 1300 offers a 27 percent improvement in cycle times and is nearly 60 percent lighter and 83 percent smaller than ABB’s IRB 1600. With a footprint of just 220 mm by 220 mm, the IRB 1300 is…
New force-control sensors in ABB’s Dynamic Assembly Pack could enable robots to accurately perform assembly tasks during final trim assembly, improving productivity, ergonomics, and quality.
ABB said its new RobotStudio AR viewer provides a quick way of visualizing where and how robotic automation can fit into production processes using a smartphone or tablet.
ABB said its new scalable quality inspection cell can accelerate production for the automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, and construction sectors, improving quality and productivity while reducing waste.
Lifeline Robotics, a Danish startup co-founded by Esben Østergaard, created an autonomous throat swabbing robot that tests for COVID-19.
To support customers’ resumption of operations, ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation is offering a support package to help restart production lines.
ABB said its new IRB 390 FlexPacker is compatible with its digital twin and picking products and can help facilities meet the accelerating demand of omnichannel order fulfillment.
The new Robot Control Mate add-on for ABB’s RobotStudio allows users to commission and control SCARA robots directly from their personal computers or laptops.
The software is based on Blockly, an open-source visual coding method that presents programming code as interlocking blocks. A user can simply drag and drop functions on YuMi’s FlexPendant to adjust its actions.
Covariant, which won an ABB global competition to assess the maturity of AI for e-commerce order-fulfillment robots, is now partnering with the robot maker to supply that market.
ABB is introducing a new harsh environment version of its IRB 1100 robot and OmniCore controller, designed with enhanced protection against water and dust. The entire body of the new IRB 1100 has an IP67 rating, with all electrical components sealed against contaminants. This makes it resistant to water and provides the robot with protection…
Innovative Mechatronic Systems, which has developed the Archimedes Drive for low backlash, has received funding from ABB and InnovationQuarter.
The 12 robots from ABB participating in the holiday displays at Bloomingdale’s flagship store trim a Christmas tree, play karaoke, and serve coffee, among other interactions with visitors.