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ABB demonstrates its latest development in fully coordinated, multiple-robot manufacturing systems

ABB Limited (Group Headquarters) : 25 March, 2007  (Company News)
Shorter cycle times, improved quality and more-efficient production concepts are just some of the benefits. At the heart of the system is ABB
Such is its power that in a typical automotive operation, one robot can lift and hold a car door; a second picks and locates a hinge; while a third welds the hinge in to place. The advanced functionality is made possible by the exceptional processing power of the IRC5 control module computer, capable of calculating MultiMove path calculations for up to 36 servo axes, while directing up to four drive modules.

Robots can also be programmed to work on a parallel assembly line, returning ‘just-in-time’ to carry out programmed tasks. The solution offers total freedom of motion and the optimum working position regardless of the task. It also eliminates the need for extra jigs and manual labour involved in mounting objects, while substantially cutting lead times. Traditional, sequential robot tasks can also be streamlined. Because every robot motion is synchronised, process flow can be optimised and throughput times reduced. With every robot knowing what the other is doing, risk of collision is also minimised.

The compact Miniflex, which is mounted on a common base plate along with the robot, allows parts up to 60 mm in size to be held in a buffer, from which they can be automatically picked. Miniflex is equipped with SVIA’s vision system, PickVision, which was specifically developed for robot-guided materials handling. PickVision is easy to operate, easy to ‘teach’, and has its own patented method of collision avoidance.

For the automated feeding of unsorted blanks up to 120 mm in size, SVIA has also developed Multiflex. The system tips parts straight from the pallet into the machine, where they are automatically picked by the ABB robot which again identifies the parts using the PickVision system.

Through a recent agreement SVIA’s authorised UK agent, RNA, not only sources new applications within the UK for Miniflex and Multiflex, but provide its own blend of expertise and professionalism in integrating the SVIA systems into customers’ production set-ups.

SVIA’s range provides a perfect complement to the full range of bowl feeders, linear feeders, conveyors, bulk hoppers, centrifugal feeders and tray loading/palletizing equipment manufactured by RNA.

For its part, ABB Robotics provides advice on the most suitable ABB robot product for the relevant application, before sourcing and preparing the robot from its large stock of six-axis robot products, then supplying it to SVIA for incorporation into the cell.
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