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ABB demonstrates superior motion control at MACH 2010

ABB demonstrates superior motion control at MACH 2010
15/03/2011

Don’t miss the live performances on Stand 5931 in Hall 5 of the ‘Fanta Can Challenge’ which has already generated a considerable amount of interest with thousands of video viewers on YouTube.

Superior motion control by two IRB 1600 six axis robots will negotiate a metal pin at high speeds between one tray of drink cans positioned just 1mm apart demonstrating the precise synchronization, accuracy and repeatability of the robots at high speed. ABB’s latest IRC5 controller makes all this possible with MultiMove™, a function embedded into the IRC5 software permitting robot groups to handle more complex tasks than ever before in full coordination. Hands on experience of flexible technology ABB will also be offering ‘hands on’ demonstrations so visitors can experience how improved automated grinding and finishing of castings is now possible with ABB’s RobotWare Machinery Force Control (FC) software package. Demonstrated with ABB’s IRB 140 robot, the Force Control software provides manufacturers with flexible technology that can quickly and accurately adapt to varying surfaces and consistency of materials.

At the heart of the technology are two advanced software features. The first, FC Pressure, enables the robot to grind, polish and buff castings while maintaining a constant pressure between the tool and the work surface. The second software feature, FC Speed Change, enables a robot to de-burr or de-flash part line surfaces of castings at a controlled speed, slowing down when encountering excessive burr and avoiding potential damage to the equipment and products.

Robot Education Supporting the young engineers of tomorrow, ABB’s stand no 4475 located in Hall 4 in the Education and Training Zone will see the debut in the UK of the recently launched IRB 120 robot – the smallest six axis ABB robot with the new IRC5 compact controller illustrating the advancements of robotic technology in the manufacturing industry.

ABB’s introduction of an educational package aimed at FE establishments has already been met with significant interest. A large number of colleges and universities incorporating relevant courses across the UK now house an ABB robot and/or utilises ABB’s market leading robot programming software RobotStudio 5, which allows up to 50 students to program virtual robots with free of charge licenses. (The same programming technology that runs ABB robots worldwide within manufacturing processes today).

ABB’s presence at the show forms part of its continuing drive to promote the benefits of robotic technology to industrial users in the UK.

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