ABB is a leading supplier of industrial robots and robot software, equipment and complete application solutions.
ABB is present in 53 countries, in over 100 locations all over the world, and have installed more than 400,000 robots, supported by the broadest service network and offering in the industry.
The success story of ABB Robotics
In 1974, ABB introduced the IRB6 robot and kick-started the industrial robotic area. The IRB6 is the first industrial robot that was commercially available and that feature all-electric drive and microprocessor control. The design of the robot has been patented.
The next year, ABB exported orders to the USA, the UK, and Germany. Other countries followed years later.
Since 1990, ABB bought many robot activities and launched other kind of robots such as the FlexPicker, the world’s fastest pick and place robot.
In 2002, ABB becomes the first company in the world to sell 100,000 robots. Many more models of robot have been created since then.
ABB is at the origin of the world’s first industrial paint robot and the world’s first all-electric microprocessor-controlled robot.
To this day, ABB remains a market and technology leader in robotics with more than 250,000 robots sold to customers all over the world.
Benefits of ABB’s industrial robots
The impact of the robots on manufacturing processes and industrial productivity has been revolutionary. They are able to increase the output and process quality, and they can cut the downtime, the operating costs and the man power. The robots became indispensable to the industrial production.
The ABB robots are cost effective and boost industrial productivity. As an example, the FlexPainter IRB 5500 paint robot, has reduced paint shop energy consumption by 50% at automotive factories all over the world.
Consequently, the FlexPainter paint robot has had an immediate impact on the auto industry, taking a 30% market share within 18 months of its introduction in 2006.
ABB robots have also benefited health and safety by improving working conditions for employees. Robots have eliminated monotonous and dangerous tasks like lifting and carrying heavy objects.
ABB robots pick, pack and palletize food and beverages for companies like Nestlé, Unilever and Cadbury. The areas of applications of the ABB industrial robots are very large and includes solar panel industries, computers, hospitals, cars, etc. Most of the big industries use the robots for their manufacturing processes.
With robotics manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe and North America, ABB solutions include robots and controllers, application equipment and software, standardized modular manufacturing cells, and global service and support.