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Robot programming time reduced from weeks to days, or even hours.

ABB Limited (Group Headquarters) : 16 January, 2004  (Company News)
ABB introduces TeachSaver, a new software product that can dramatically reduce robot-programming time from weeks to days, or even hours.
ABB introduces TeachSaver, a new software product that can dramatically reduce robot-programming time from weeks to days, or even hours.

Years spent learning the hard way have taught the foundry industry that programming is one of the biggest obstacles to a more expansive use of robots for cleaning. That is why 80 per cent of cleaning operations are still performed manually. Even though the job is done in a harsh, hazardous environment, where scrap rates are high and quality inconsistent. It still enjoys the initiative over automation. Until now that is.

TeachSaver, an add-on product to RobotStudio, achieves a 90 per cent reduction time in programming, improves product quality due to more accurate processing, and offers dramatic timesavings throughout the life cycle of the work cell.

Traditionally, literally hundreds of positions have to be taught to the foundry robot, a process that can be extremely time consuming. Using off-line programming software, a digital measurement arm and TeachSaver software however, not only can programming time be dramatically reduced, but the whole process can be conducted off-line with no effect on production. Also high accuracy calibration allows the transfer of pre-defined programs from the virtual cell to the live cell with a high degree of accuracy.

Launched at GIFA 2003, TeachSaver was originally an experimental project carried out by ABB Corporate Research in the United States and has taken five years of research and development to bring it to market. The result is a state-of-the art software program which upgrades foundry industry processes from the Victorian age to the 21st Century in a single step.
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