ABB launches OptiFact

ABB Robotics has released its new modular OptiFact software platform, which streamlines data collection, visualisation, and analysis in automated production facilities.

The platform enables users to collect, manage, and analyse data from hundreds of factory devices, including ABB robots, to determine key performance indicators including cycle time and overall equipment efficiency (OEE). By speeding up diagnostics and decision making, OptiFact increases the production line uptime with less engineering effort, ensuring production can keep pace with customer demand. 

“Across industries, we see a dramatic increase in the digitalisation of manufacturing as companies seek to increase the flexibility, efficiency, and sustainability of their operations in the face of changing consumer behaviours and long-term global skilled labour shortages,” said Marc Segura, president of ABB Robotics. “At ABB Robotics, we are enabling this shift with software products that businesses need to accelerate their growth in today’s fast-changing market.”

Digitisation, the acceleration of sustainable manufacturing and the pandemic have all contributed to the increased demand for automation solutions. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), the number of robots sold worldwide has almost tripled over the past decade. Growing reliance on automation has resulted in increasingly complex production environments, driving demand for tools to enable plant managers to collect and capitalise on data gathered as a side product of automation. 

OptiFact adds to ABB’s comprehensive suite of leading digital solutions that help businesses of all sizes imagine new digitally enabled processes, realize them on the factory floor, and elevate operations by simplifying production to increase productivity and flexibility.  With OptiFact, factory operators can determine the root cause of production errors and use ABB’s RobotStudio Cloud to make adjustments to the program and develop an improved robotic solution.

RobotStudio’s desktopcloud, and AR viewer solutions help users easily plan and imagine new deployments of ABB industrial robots or adapt existing ones to new production tasks. Its innovative features such as Automatic Path Planning allow robots to determine the most efficient paths and avoid collisions with existing obstacles. Offering a true “what you see is what you get” user experience with 99 percent accuracy between the robot’s digital twin and its real-world deployment, RobotStudio speeds design and commissioning time by up to 50 percent.  

Application-specific AI-driven software technology such as ABB’s Item Picker offer value-added features that facilitate the realisation of robotics deployments with enhanced performance, safety, and quality. Best-in-class motion control cuts the power requirements of pick and place operations by up to 17 percent, speeding tasks by 13 percent. VSLAM technology (visual simultaneous localisation and mapping) leverages artificial intelligence for accurate indoor navigation in dynamic indoor environments. 

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