ABB at Automate 2015 – showcasing a new era of robotics

Demos at the trade show include advanced systems for small parts assembly, laser welding, high speed picking, customer service and operational software.

Every two years, the Automate trade show, organized by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and its trade associations including the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), is one of the absolute best places on the planet to experience the newest developments in industrial automation. It’s where the underlying technologies that make our modern consumer world possible are shown out in the open, providing a thorough inside view of all the technologies that automate modern manufacturing.

ABB Robotics has chosen Automate as one of our high profile international trade shows year after year—and Automate 2015 will be no different.

At the event we will showcase “A New Era of Robotics” built upon the three pillars of collaboration, simplification and integration. You can stop by and join us during the show from March 23-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago (Booth # 571).

The core themes of our booth are represented by numerous aspects of the Automate demos, including the collaboration of ABB Customer Service teams and programs that ensure all robotic systems operate at peak performance over their entire lives; the simplification afforded by software advancements that have reduced programming complexity and created an intuitive human machine interface for production operation; and the integration of sophisticated robot controllers with leading motion control technologies that allow easy integration of additional hardware, sensors and other peripherals.

Demos on display include our newest small robot, the IRB 1200, working with the forthcoming ABB FlexFeeder for automation of small parts assembly processes. The FlexFeeder, in combination with ABB’s Integrated Vision, allows the sorting of an array of components, ranging from 3-30 mm, without having to change the feeder each time a different component is fed into the system. It utilizes a pneumatically actuated mechanical system to present randomly positioned parts in a way that makes it possible for a vision equipped robot to pick the parts accurately.

Our newest large robot, the IRB 6700, will also be on display, operating in a simulated laser welding function using a scanner laser welding system—which enables welding-on-the-fly coordination of head mirrors and robot motion without the use of a PC.

Rounding out the booth, we also have a high speed picking demo featuring the full range of our expanded IRB 360 FlexPicker family, as well as a software corner presenting a future vision of how programming, commissioning, operating and supervising robots will work seamlessly from any device, anywhere, at any time, utilizing such advanced technology as virtually reality, augmented reality, PC-based programming, and mobile connectivity.

It’s a big booth packed with lots of great technology, and our experts will be on hand all week for in-person conversations. Hope to see you there!


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Stephanie L. Stanton

I’m the Trade Show and Event manager for ABB Robotics US. I joined ABB in 1995 and have been with the Robotics team my entire career. I have held a variety of roles within the business prior to joining the communications team in 2006 and have greatly enjoyed every one of them. I’ve grown up here and I love this business. When I’m not planning an event or travelling for a show, I spend my time with my family and friends and pursuing my hobby of photography.
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