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ABB delivers new robotic machine tending software solutions

ABB’s new robotic machine tending software solutions deliver flexibility and ease-of-use for applications from die-casting to injection molding and machining. Cycle times, post processing capabilities and potential risks for collisions can be simulated virtually by the software, allowing it to be more cost effective.

The new PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the new controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for simulation, validation and optimization to be completed in the 3D virtual world and then transferred directly to the real-world.

"As a company we put a lot of effort into creating solutions that are truly innovative and address real needs among our customers," says ABB Product Manager, Andreas Eriksson. "With this new software we’ve hit many of the main considerations. It’s easy, fast and flexible to program machine tending cells and our control software is usable by even less skilled workers. These are things our customers are always looking for."

RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac—an add-on for RobotStudio, ABB’s powerfully simple PC-based programming tool—provides a platform for quick, easy creation and editing of machine tending robot cells in a 3D virtual environment. A library of common grippers and station types, together with built-in support for most machines and peripheral equipment, enables operators to create and simulate complete cells in the virtual world. Safety is also simplified, with the ability to define safe home position movements in a virtual environment.

RobotWare Machine Tending is designed to be an effective, standalone, controller-based, programming, configuration and operation tool, but is also tightly integrated with the RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac. An intuitive and customizable graphical user interface allows for easy production monitoring and control, as well as automatic program and part selection. Although the interface has been designed so that less skilled personnel can control most common tasks, the software also provides unlimited access to powerful RAPID coding tools for more advanced users.

Users of ABB Robotics’ machine tending systems also have access to all the benefits of ABB’s Robot Care programme, including Remote Service technologies, which provide remote access to the system for production monitoring, fast diagnostics and predictive maintenance.

All ABB Robotics’ products are fully supported by the ABB Robotics’ global sales and service organization in 53 countries and over 100 locations.

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