ABB and B&R launch first fully integrated Machine-Centric Robotics solution

 

ABB robots will be integrated into B&R’s automation portfolio

 

B&R, a unit of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business, announced the integration of ABB robots into its automation portfolio. With the ability to offer unprecedented levels of machine flexibility and precision, merging robotics with machine control into one unified architecture will enable manufacturers to embrace the trend of mass customization and optimize their lot size one processes.


Fully integrating ABB’s robots into its automation systems means that B&R will now be able to supply machine builders with machine automation and robotics from a single source. Machine builders will be able to buy their robots from B&R along with all their control, I/O and drive components. 

Machine builders will be able to choose from a wide range of ABB robots, including articulated arm, SCARA, delta and palletizer robots in various sizes and with various payloads. This is particularly important for machine applications where a high degree of synchronization with other components is required, for example with picking solutions. With ABB robots integrated into the machine automation system, customers will benefit from an unprecedented level of synchronization between robotics and machine control. Since the robot will no longer require a dedicated controller, all interfaces between the machine and the robot are eliminated, while the fact that all axes and sensors will now communicate on a common network increases precision to the previously unimaginable microsecond range. 

Integrating robotics and automation also means only one controller and one engineering system will be needed for development, diagnostics and maintenance, so there will no longer be a need for an extra control cabinet just for the robot, which will save floor space. 

More user-friendly programming is another decisive advantage that comes from combining robotics with machine control. Instead of programming a robotics application in one development environment and a machine application in another, there will only be one application and one development environment. This will help to reduce development times significantly. With the ready-made software components of mapp Technology, developers can quickly set up and configure the machine application, including robotics, without any knowledge of special robotics languages. 

Synchronization between sensors and robot motion will also become easier with integration. For example, the result of a quality inspection with a B&R vision camera can be converted into a control command for the ABB robot in less than a millisecond, so defective workpieces can be removed from the production process without manual intervention or slowing the manufacturing process.

Since the machine builder no longer needs to use separate hardware, communication networks and applications, he is able to achieve much tighter synchronization between the robot and other machine components. The movements of the robot and all of the machine's motion control axes can be coordinated with unprecedented microsecond precision, boosting the productivity of the machine and the output of the process.

The robots are programmed in B&R's universal engineering environment just like all other automation components, while in the digital twin the user can simulate and optimize the machine's entire motion sequence, including the robotics, before the machine is built. This makes engineering and development both faster and cheaper, which in turn lowers the threshold for machine builders looking to implement robotics in their production machinery and increases their return on investment.

For more information, visit www.br-automation.com

 

A proposito di B&R
Da oltre trent’anni presente in Italia, B&R è un'innovativa società di automazione con sede in Austria e uffici in tutto il mondo. B&R fa parte del gruppo ABB.

Come leader mondiale nell'automazione industriale, B&R combina tecnologia all'avanguardia e ingegneria avanzata per fornire ai clienti in ogni settore industriale soluzioni complete per l'automazione di macchina e di fabbrica, per il controllo di movimento, per l'interfaccia uomo macchina e le tecnologie di sicurezza integrate.
Sfruttando gli standard di comunicazione per l’IIoT come OPC UA, TSN, POWERLINK e openSAFETY, insieme al potente ambiente di sviluppo software Automation Studio, B&R sta costantemente ridefinendo il futuro dell'ingegneria di automazione.
Lo spirito innovativo che mantiene B&R all'avanguardia nell'automazione industriale è guidato dall’impegno nel semplificare i processi e superare le aspettative dei clienti. 


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