ABB expands cobot and large robot portfolio

ABB Robotics showcased its latest robotics and automation innovations at the recent automatica trade fair. These included two new GoFa cobots and four new large robots that are said to offer customers even greater flexibility, productivity and ease of use. In addition, ABB Robotics presented the ABB Robotics Education Package for the first time in Europe – a ready-to-use training package that is intended to further close the global training gap in automation and to prepare pupils and students for the working world of the future.

The two new GoFa variants have an increased payload and one of the longest ranges on the cobot market. They are suitable for polishing applications, machine tending or palletizing applications. Using innovative lead-through programming, anyone can easily program the cobots without writing a single line of code.

ABB Robotics was also showing four new large robots at automatica, which are coming onto the market in a total of 22 different variants. They are controlled with ABB OmniCore and offer best-in-class motion control and repeatability to increase productivity and save energy. With the new industrial robots, which were primarily developed for the automotive industry, ABB can offer its customers an even greater selection of payloads and reaches to meet individual automation requirements.

The ABB Robotics Education Package, which will be presented to a European audience for the first time at automatica, is intended to accelerate training in the latest automation technology and prepare schoolchildren and students for the working world of the future. The package, which includes a collaborative robot, educational materials and a globally recognized technical certification, is part of a global campaign to prepare workers for a new era of automation. The centerpiece is the training cell with a full working table mounted collaborative GoFa robot. It allows students to learn real-world industrial applications such as pick & place tasks and 3D printing. Thanks to lead-through programming and ABB’s Wizard Easy Programming software, even young people with no prior technical knowledge can operate the robot.

ABB was also showing its leading programming and simulation software RobotStudio on digital screens at the booth. RobotStudio Cloud enables people and teams to work together on robotic cell designs in real time, regardless of their location and the device they are using.

With its service solution Condition-Based Maintenance and its remanufacturing program, ABB is focusing on the sustainability of robotics and the contribution to the circular economy. Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) analyses ABB robots to identify heavily used robots within a fleet and provide recommendations for preventative maintenance. Through its remanufacturing program, ABB buys back decommissioned or used robots, refurbishes them and gives them a second life.

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