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April 14, 2014
Baltimore light-rail vehicles to use ABB traction technology in retrofit
Power and automation technology group ABB, Cary, N.C., has obtained a contract from Alstom Transport to supply new traction converters associated with the modernized train control management system (TCMS) and new electrical control panels for the... Read more...

Product

March 24, 2014
Vision-guided technology speeds setup time
ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart-camera system that helps simplify vision-guided robotics applications. Using 2-D vision guidance, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location, offering... Read more...

Product

March 24, 2014
Parts transfer system helps increase productivity on tandem press lines
ABB offers the IRB 6660FX, a flexible transfer system for medium-size parts. Suitable for use with new and existing press lines, the system comprises a dual-action unit that creates a 7-axis robot, allowing parts to be transferred rapidly along a... Read more...

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February 25, 2014
ABB Robotics’ Tech Days 2014 expanded to two days
ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, robot software, peripheral equipment, and modular manufacturing cells, will host its annual Technology Days event March 13-14, 2014, at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn... Read more...

Article

February 4, 2014
How stamping and fabrication work together
Consider a large Tier 1 supplier that mainly serves the automotive sector, but its fastest-growing business happens to be elsewhere. The stamper has one principal disadvantage, though. Much of this work requires volumes that, while not extremely... Read more...

Product

January 9, 2014
Transfer system adds to high-speed press automation
ABB Robotics has introduced the Twin Robot Xbar (TRX), a robot-based system for loading and unloading presses without the need for press modification. Output is rated up to 16 parts/min. for big panels in tandem press lines. The system can be... Read more...

Product

January 7, 2014
Education package provides robotic course curriculum, hands-on training to schools
ABB Robotics has introduced the SMART (software, maintenance and robotics training) Education Package, available to qualifying schools to help educate and provide hands-on training to students on the basics of manufacturing automation technology... Read more...

Product

December 12, 2013
Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications
ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart camera system for 2-D vision-guided robotics applications. Powered by Cognex, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location. According to the... Read more...

Article

November 6, 2013
The evolution of precision robotics
When it comes to flexibility, nothing beats the human arm. Need to reach for a cup of coffee behind your computer monitor? No problem. You extend your arm up and over, carefully grasp the cup, lift it over, and enjoy. There’s a problem... Read more...

Product

August 29, 2013
Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming
ABB has introduced an overhauled system of robotic machine tending software for such applications as die casting, injection molding, and machining. Together, the new PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the new controller-based... Read more...

News

June 20, 2013
ABB names CEO
The board of ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies based in Zurich, has appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer, the head of its Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division since 2009, as CEO. He will succeed Joe Hogan in this role in a... Read more...

News

June 3, 2013
ABB Robotics Technology Day 2013 draws more than 1,000 visitors
ABB Robotics hosted more than 1,000 people during its annual Technology Day event May 15, 2013, at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor showcased more than 40 live... Read more...

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May 16, 2013
CEO, chief technology officer leaving ABB
ABB's CEO Joe Hogan has announced his decision to leave the company for private reasons. He joined the company as CEO in September 2008. He will continue to lead the company until a successor is announced. Chief Technology Officer Prith... Read more...

Product

May 9, 2013
Power range expanded on medium-voltage drive
The ACS 2000 active front-end drive from ABB is available with power capabilities up to 3,000 HP for general-purpose applications. It is suitable for medium-voltage installations such as pumps, fans, blowers, and conveyors. Direct-to-line... Read more...

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February 27, 2013
ABB Robotics, Fronius to collaborate on welding packages
ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Fronius Intl., Pettenbach, Austria, have entered a global agreement to collaboratively develop fully equipped robotic welding packages and support both new and existing customers. The welding packages... Read more...

Product

September 17, 2012
Arc welding robot features fully integrated dressing
ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1520ID dedicated arc welding robot. It features internal axis-1 routing of the welding cabling, a compact swing base, and 30 percent less weight than the company's IRB 1600ID. The upper arm integrated... Read more...

News

February 2, 2012
ABB to acquire Thomas & Betts
ABB, with North American headquarters in Cary, N.C., has announced plans to acquire Thomas & Betts, Memphis, a manufacturer of low-voltage and ultralow-voltage electrical products such as connectors, conduits, and fittings, as well as wiring... Read more...

Product

January 26, 2012
Arc flash protection system detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear
ABB's new TVOC-2 Arc Guard System™ protects equipment and personnel from arcs and helps prolong the life cycle of equipment. The safety device detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear. According to the manufacturer, the unit... Read more...

News

November 7, 2011
ABB Robotics hosts Technology Days event
ABB Robotics hosted nearly 1,000 people during its annual Technology Days event in October at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor included more than 40 live robot-related... Read more...

Product

October 7, 2011
Robotic welding package suitable for small operations
ABB Robotics has introduced ArcPack™ Lean 1410, a fully configured, quick-start robotic welding package suitable for small operations. The system includes an IRB 1410 robot; an IRC5 compact controller; a Fronius TransSteel 3500 power... Read more...

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March 24, 2011
ABB Robotics to host laser processing workshop April 27 in Auburn Hills, Mich.
ABB Robotics is hosting a Laser Processing Workshop on April 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The workshop will give current and potential users of laser... Read more...

Product

February 22, 2011
Arc welding robot fully integrates process equipment
ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 2600ID integrated dress pack model midsized robot designed for arc welding. With its 6.56-ft. reach and 17.64-lb. payload, the robot features a flexible conduit in its upper arm/wrist for routing the cables... Read more...

Product

February 17, 2011
Compact robot controller functionality extended
ABB Robotics has extended the functionality of its IRC5 compact controller to six additional robot families. The unit now supports the IRB 120, IRB 140, IRB 260, IRB 360 FlexPicker™, IRB 1410, and IRB 1600 robot families. The controller... Read more...

Product

January 3, 2011
Medium-capacity range multipurpose robot introduced
ABB Robotics has introduced the new IRB 2600, the latest model in its medium-capacity range of multipurpose robots. It features a compact design, an ultrawide working envelope, a payload capacity up to 44.09 lbs., and a total arm weight of... Read more...

News

October 18, 2010
ABB Robotics training lab to open at Vincennes University
ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Vincennes University (VU) will host an open house Oct. 27 to celebrate the grand opening of the ABB Robotics training lab at VU's $9 million industrial training facility, the Indiana Center for Applied... Read more...

News

October 11, 2010
ABB appoints head of Robot Products Group in U.S.
ABB, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced the appointment of Joe Campbell as vice president of its U.S. Robot Products Group. In this position, he leads the sales, market development, technical support, and production delivery of the... Read more...

Product

September 7, 2010
PLC, robot controller combined in integrated unit
ABB has introduced an integrated unit that combines the AC500 PLC with the IRC5 robot controller for robot cell applications. With up to three local I/O boards and bus communications for remote I/Os, the integrated controller provides users... Read more...

News

June 9, 2010
ABB appoints Michael Mahfet to head its robotics business in North America
ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies, has announced the appointment of Michael Mahfet as vice president and general manager of its robotics business in North American, according to Rick Hepperla, regional president of the... Read more...

Article

February 9, 2010
Retrofitting a mechanical press with servo technology
The mechanical press is this industry's workhorse for a reason. It has worked well for decades. The flywheel stores potential energy and, through eccentric drives and gears, transforms it into kinetic energy to produce the tonnage required to... Read more...

Article

January 14, 2010
5 traits to look for in a robotic cell operator
The ugly truth in metal fabricating is that an automated welding cell is just as capable of turning out bad parts as an inexperienced welder. In both instances, it goes back to human error. Only in the most advanced automated setups do humans... Read more...

News

September 28, 2009
ABB, Vincennes University partner to enhance robotic training
ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, and Vincennes University (VU), Vincennes, Ind., have formed a partnership to enhance the college's vocational and technical robotic training and provide ABB with an authorized training facility in... Read more...

News

April 14, 2009
ABB Press Automation reaches installation milestone
The Press Automation Systems unit of ABB Robotics recently reached a milestone by installing its 200th press system enhanced with transfer automation in North America since the unit was launched in the continent in 1996. Enrique Pano, the ABB... Read more...

Product

September 3, 2008
Arc welding robot has dresspack routed inside upper arm
ABB's IRB 1600ID (integrated dressing), robot has its dresspack routed inside the robot's upper arm, which makes it suitable for arc welding. The dresspack carries all the media necessary for arc welding, including power, welding wire,... Read more...

Article

January 15, 2008
It's a wrap
It's no surprise that show organizers, attendees, and exhibitors alike are billing the 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show as one of the best ever. If you were there, then you know why. If not, the numbers tell the story,... Read more...

Product

December 11, 2007
Compact paint robot works with 1k, 2k, waterborne paints
ABB's IRB 52 paint robot is compact and can be mounted on the floor, inverted, tilted, or on the wall. The robot is suitable for various paint applications, including 1k, 2k, and waterborne paints. The 7-kg payload meets most requirements for... Read more...

Article

October 24, 2002
Remote control fabrication
Caterpillar®'s Technical Center relentlessly pursues a manufacturing vision for "...one of the world's largest welding shops." It started as another of the proliferating industry open houses organized by a supplier of metal forming and... Read more...

Article

May 30, 2002
Now's the time to AUTOMATE
If you looked at metal fabricators' and manufacturers' wish lists, you might see a lot of similarities among them, but you'd also see something the manufacturing industry has in common with all other industries: the need to do more with less.... Read more...