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.
Japanese robot maker FANUC is investing 26 billion yen ($240 million) into the expansion of its Shanghai, China plant. The company plans to expand the Shanghai facility five-fold over the next three years, through a joint venture that is operated with local player Shanghai Electric Group. The new project covers an area of about 431…
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…
As one of the busiest parts of a hospital, the pharmacy has, over the years, relied on technology to streamline its operations. From electronic tablet counters to completely computerized stocking and labeling solutions, technology has had a transformative impact on pharmacies across the world. Challenge Still, factors weighing on the efficiency of drug dispensing are…
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.
Robotics investments slowed somewhat in October 2020, but transportation, healthcare, and software remained strong.
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…
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.
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.
Covariant, which is developing AI for unassisted industrial robotics applications, has raised $40 million.
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.
Autonomous vehicle Waymo received the biggest investment in March 2020, but other fundings and acquisitions continued as the novel coronavirus pandemic spread.
The new OnRobot Soft Gripper is designed to work without an external air supply. The end effector comes in three configurations, is FDA-certified, and works with the One System Solution.