ABB has launched its first vary of rebranded Autonomous Cell Robots (AMRs) following its acquisition of cell robotic chief ASTI Cell Robotics in 2021. Since including AMRs to its portfolio, ABB contends that it’s the solely firm with a complete and built-in providing of robots, AMRs and machine automation options.
“At a time when companies are on the lookout for a spread of robotic options to assist make them extra environment friendly, versatile and resilient, we’re the one firm supporting them with our built-in providing of AMRs, robots, and machine automation applied sciences,” mentioned Marc Segura, President for ABB’s Robotics Division. “It is a gamechanger for our clients, they’ll work with one associate providing every part they should adapt to the alternatives and challenges pushed by individualization, labor shortages and disrupted provide chains and our rebranding underscores the simplicity and good thing about the built-in options we provide to our clients.”
ASTI Cell Robotics’ options at the moment are rebranded and built-in into ABB’s portfolio, grouped underneath the Flexley title, indicating the flexibleness of operations that the AMRs supply. The primary fashions to be launched, Flexley Tug and Flexley Mover, cowl functions together with towing, trolley transportation up-to 2000kg, in addition to lifting and transporting racks, containers, and pallets of 1,500kg.
Constructing on ASTI’s use of laser scanner-based 2D SLAM navigation, the longer term ABB autonomous cell robots can even profit from pioneering VSLAM know-how of Sevensense Robotics – a Swiss start-up in ABB’s portfolio of associate firms – that permits cell robots to navigate complicated and dynamic environments. This distinctive know-how opens new potentialities for versatile manufacturing – AI that makes ABB’s AMRs as autonomous as its robotic arms, whereas making work extra productive and safer for folks.
“The marketplace for autonomous cell robots is about to develop considerably, with an annual development fee of roughly 24% between 2021 and 2028*,” mentioned Verónica Pascual, International Head of AMR enterprise at ABB Robotics. “The combination of the ASTI AMR vary and the creation of our international manufacturing and assist community means we’re nicely positioned to handle this development, offering our clients with new methods to deal with their provide chain challenges and meet calls for for larger flexibility and pace created by the continued rise in e-commerce.”
Already supplying AMR options for buyer initiatives, ABB has labored with strategic associate Skilled Expertise Group within the UK to ship a whole meeting line based mostly on AMRs for a technological start-up producing revolutionary merchandise for EV car drive prepare. Transporting merchandise between robotic automation cells and handbook meeting stations, ABB’s automation answer combines using ABB robots, imaginative and prescient operate packages and AMRs.
The combination of ASTI into ABB features a full rebranding of all its workplaces and amenities, in addition to the launch of a brand new look web page at amr.robotics.abb.com. In accordance with ABB’s monetary report from Q3 2021, the 2021 acquisition value for ASTI amounted to $190 million.
Persevering with to make use of the ASTI title is the ASTI Basis, which was based in 2017 to teach and equip younger folks with the abilities to thrive in an age of digital transformation. Extra details about the muse might be discovered at right here.