Developed initially for small parts assembly in the consumer electronics industry, ABB Robotics new YuMi fully collaborative, dual-arm, 14-axis robot handles payloads up to 500 g and is "precise enough to thread a needle."
ABB's new 8-kg IRB 360 FlexPicker with Schmalz vacuum gripper uses vision guidance and conveyor tracking to individually pick random-positioned bottles, providing a robust method for handling heavier individual products and larger product groupings in multi-pick applications, with the ability to handle up to 500 products/min.
This short video from ABB shows how a 4-cell robotic delta pick-and-place system increases cycle time 20% and payload 50% at Honeytop Specialty Foods. Camera-guided robots detect pancakes on a mass infeed and stack them uniformly for packing.
Robotization of the end-of-line packaging systems for Nexium has enabled AstraZeneca to maintain high production rates while accommodating flexible and varied product packaging requirements. AstraZeneca’s packaging facilities for blisters and wallets in Södertälje, Sweden have a total of nine robotized cells, featuring a mix of 16 robots from ABB Robotics and other suppliers. See how it works in this video.
In a visually stunning demonstration of ABB's motion control capabilities, three robots are shown interacting with one another while their tooling is constantly shifting and interacting on three axes with 1 mm clearance.
With pressure to save on costs and become more efficient, the pharmaceutical industry is dosing up on ideas from the food industry, with help from Italian automation specialist IMA and ABB robots. Find out more in this video from ABB Robotics.
The following video depicts a robotics system in use at a muffin-packing plant. The system, using ABB Robotics equipment and integrated by Technopack srl, is similar to the one used at Italian confectioner Zaini. The Zaini application is discussed in detail in the August issue of Packaging World. See www.packworld.com/article-25928