ABB launches Flexley cellular robots, finishing rebranding of ASTI AMRs

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Rebranded ABB Flexley autonomous cellular robots (AMRs) completes the mixing of ASTI into ABB Robotics enterprise. | Credit score: ABB

ABB launched its first vary of rebranded Autonomous Cell Robots (AMRs) following its acquisition of cellular robotic chief ASTI Cell Robotics in 2021 for $190M. ASTI Cell Robotics’ options at the moment are rebranded and built-in into ABB’s portfolio, grouped beneath the Flexley title, indicating the pliability 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 Flexley Mover and ABB Flexley Tug

The ABB Flexley Mover (l) and ABB Flexley Tug (r) develop into the primary rebranded ABB AMRs to be launched. | Credit score: ABB

ABB joins OMRON company because the second automation options firm to supply a whole lineup of autonomous cellular robots (AMRs), industrial robots and industrial automation options. Nevertheless, ABB has a broader lineup of AMRs in its portfolio than OMRON at present does.

“It is a gamechanger for our clients, they will work with one companion 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 advantage of the built-in options we provide to our clients,” mentioned Marc Segura, President for ABB’s Robotics Division. 

Constructing on ASTI’s use of laser scanner-based 2D SLAM navigation, future ABB Flexley autonomous cellular robots will even use the revolutionary VSLAM know-how of ABB companion firm Sevensense Robotics, a Swiss start-up that helps cellular 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 folks.

Prospects can anticipate every subsequent launch of ABB software program and robotic options to develop into higher and extra totally built-in. Cell robots coordinate operations with industrial arms and cobots in functions the place the fabric is picked from or positioned onto a cellular robotic to be transferred someplace else inside the facility.

an abb robot loads an abb AMR

ABB industrial robotic arms and ABB AMRs can simply coordinate operations for automated loading and unloading of fabric. | Credit score: ABB

Following the acquisition final 12 months, ASTI CEO Verónica Pascual remained on board with ABB and was promoted to World Head of AMR enterprise at ABB Robotics. ABB transformed the Barcelona-based headquarters of ASTI into ABB’s world heart for cellular robotics growth. The combination of ASTI into ABB features a full rebranding of all its places of work and services, in addition to the launch of a newly rebranded web site.

“The marketplace for autonomous cellular robots is about to develop considerably, with an annual progress charge of roughly 24% between 2021 and 2028,” mentioned Pascual. “The combination of the ASTI AMR vary and the creation of our world manufacturing and assist community means we’re nicely positioned to deal with this progress, offering our clients with new methods to sort out their provide chain challenges and meet calls for for better flexibility and pace created by the continued rise in e-commerce.”

ABB AMR options are already getting used for buyer initiatives, and ABB has labored with its strategic companion Knowledgeable Know-how Group within the UK to construct a full meeting line based mostly on AMRs for a tech start-up that makes revolutionary merchandise for the drive prepare 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 assist STEM schooling of younger folks 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.


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