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ABB launched its first vary of rebranded Autonomous Cellular Robots (AMRs) following its acquisition of cell robotic chief ASTI Cellular Robotics in 2021 for $190M. ASTI Cellular Robotics’ options are actually rebranded and built-in into ABB’s portfolio, grouped beneath the Flexley identify, indicating the flexibleness of operations that the AMRs provide.
The primary rebranded fashions to be launched, Flexley Tug and Flexley Mover, cowl functions together with towing, trolley transportation as much as 5,350 lbs (2000 kg), in addition to lifting and transporting racks, containers and pallets of 4,000 lbs (1,500 kg).
ABB joins OMRON company because the second automation options firm to supply an entire lineup of autonomous cell robots (AMRs), industrial robots and industrial automation options. Nonetheless, ABB has a broader lineup of AMRs in its portfolio than OMRON presently does.
“It is a gamechanger for our clients, they’ll work with one accomplice providing all the pieces 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,” stated Marc Segura, President for ABB’s Robotics Division.
Constructing on ASTI’s use of laser scanner-based 2D SLAM navigation, future ABB Flexley autonomous cell robots may also use the revolutionary VSLAM know-how of ABB accomplice firm Sevensense Robotics, a Swiss start-up that helps cell robots navigate advanced and altering environments. This new know-how provides versatile manufacturing new choices. It makes use of synthetic intelligence to make ABB Flexley AMRs as autonomous as its robotic arms, making work extra productive and protected for individuals.
Clients can anticipate every subsequent launch of ABB software program and robotic options to change into higher and extra totally built-in. Cellular robots coordinate operations with industrial arms and cobots in functions the place the fabric is picked from or positioned onto a cell robotic to be transferred someplace else throughout the facility.
Following the acquisition final 12 months, ASTI CEO Verónica Pascual remained on board with ABB and was promoted to International Head of AMR enterprise at ABB Robotics. ABB transformed the Barcelona-based headquarters of ASTI into ABB’s international middle for cell robotics growth. The combination of ASTI into ABB features a full rebranding of all its places of work and amenities, in addition to the launch of a newly rebranded web site.
“The marketplace for autonomous cell robots is ready to develop considerably, with an annual development fee of roughly 24% between 2021 and 2028,” stated Pascual. “The combination of the ASTI AMR vary and the creation of our international manufacturing and help community means we’re nicely positioned to handle this development, offering our clients with new methods to sort out their provide chain challenges and meet calls for for higher flexibility and pace created by the continued rise in e-commerce.”
ABB AMR options are already getting used for buyer tasks, and ABB has labored with its strategic accomplice Knowledgeable Expertise Group within the UK to construct a full meeting line primarily based on AMRs for a tech start-up that makes revolutionary merchandise for the drive practice of electrical automobiles. The ABB automation resolution combines the usage of ABB robots, imaginative and prescient operate packages, and AMRs to maneuver merchandise between robotic automation cells and handbook meeting stations.
The ASTI Basis was created in 2017 to help STEM schooling of younger individuals in Spain with the talents to thrive in an age of digital transformation. Verónica Pascual continues to be concerned with this charity as a patron.