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 at the moment are rebranded and built-in into ABB’s portfolio, grouped beneath the Flexley identify, indicating the flexibleness of operations that the AMRs supply.
The primary rebranded fashions to be launched, Flexley Tug and Flexley Mover, cowl purposes 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 a whole lineup of autonomous cell robots (AMRs), industrial robots and industrial automation options. Nevertheless, ABB has a broader lineup of AMRs in its portfolio than OMRON at the moment does.
“This can be a gamechanger for our prospects, they’ll work with one associate providing the whole lot 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 prospects,” 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 even use the modern VSLAM expertise of ABB associate firm Sevensense Robotics, a Swiss start-up that helps cell robots navigate advanced and altering environments. This new expertise 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 count on every subsequent launch of ABB software program and robotic options to grow to be higher and extra totally built-in. Cellular robots coordinate operations with industrial arms and cobots in purposes the place the fabric is picked from or positioned onto a cell robotic to be transferred some other place 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 world middle for cell robotics growth. The combination of ASTI into ABB features a full rebranding of all its workplaces and services, in addition to the launch of a newly rebranded website.
“The marketplace for autonomous cell robots is about to develop considerably, with an annual growth rate of approximately 24% between 2021 and 2028,” stated Pascual. “The combination of the ASTI AMR vary and the creation of our world manufacturing and help community means we’re properly positioned to handle this progress, offering our prospects with new methods to deal with their provide chain challenges and meet calls for for higher flexibility and velocity 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 associate Knowledgeable Expertise Group within the UK to construct a full meeting line based mostly on AMRs for a tech start-up that makes modern merchandise for the drive practice of electrical automobiles. The ABB automation answer 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 Foundation was created in 2017 to help STEM training of younger individuals in Spain with the abilities to thrive in an age of digital transformation. Verónica Pascual continues to be concerned with this charity as a patron.