ABB unveils new robotic machining cell and software

ABB launched its OmniVance Machining Cell and Machining Software solutions, bringing greater flexibility and simplicity to a range of applications including sanding, polishing, cutting and surface finishing.

Part of ABB’s new OmniVance range of standardized application cells, the new machining cell is the first on the market capable of performing up to eight different applications in one cell, while its machining software intuitive interface simplifies programming and reduces setup time by up to 92%. .

Marc Segura, president of ABB’s robotics division, said: “The OmniVance machining cell and machining software are our latest innovations in ABB’s growing robotics portfolio to make automation more accessible, flexible and faster.

“As consumers’ appetite for a wider product line increases and product life cycles shrink, manufacturers must make quick and cost-effective changes to stay ahead of the market.”

An IRB 2600 robot, controller and turntable together with pressure and level sensors and other equipment make up the OmniVance machining cell, with all components pre-tested to ensure compatibility.

Ninety percent of the airframe is already built, meaning users only need to focus on tooling and calibrating the robot. This level of “pre-engineering” results in faster setup and a more compact footprint to ensure the cells can easily fit into a wide range of production environments.

Using a standardized design also allows up to eight different functions to be performed on a single cell, often by simply changing the end effector.

The OmniVance Machining Cell was shaped by actual stress testing of 2,400 cells. The result is a highly durable and stable solution suitable for harsh conditions and capable of operating unattended for 20,000 hours before maintenance is required.

ABB says its machining software is the first to integrate auto-calibration and path adjustment functions into a single, intuitive tool. This “simplifies” the process of setting up new products while maximizing the accuracy of machining applications including sanding, deburring, polishing and dry ice blasting.

The machining software is a stand-alone tool that supports the IRB2600 robot used in the machining cell as well as a wide variety of robots from ABB.

Machining software automatically calibrates tools and work objects, reducing recalibration time from four hours to just 10 minutes.

Built-in trajectory adjustment functionality allows users to easily modify thousands of trajectory points in just half a day, compared to the two days typically required to achieve a high-quality surface such as a cell phone case or an aluminum wheel.

Non-programmer experts can easily perform and monitor machining operations through an intuitive and user-friendly interface. Faster programming of the machining operation is achieved through simple drag-and-drop functions, minimizing the risk of errors.

Copying and pasting programs between multiple work stations can further reduce the time needed to scale operations.

Segura says, “Our machining cell and OmniVance machining software offer new opportunities to unlock new levels of efficiency, precision and flexibility for businesses across a wide range of industries, from wood production and from metals to electronics and automotive.

“As product design becomes more complex and labor shortages impact, our machining cell and machining software can enable companies to transform their productivity in even the most complex tasks. .”

The OmniVance FlexArc Compact is one of the latest offerings from ABB’s new OmniVance brand, which unifies all of ABB’s standardized application cells.

By combining a robot, gripper, controller, software and other components into a single application-specific solution, OmniVance cells require minimal integration effort and reduce the risk of errors.

OmniVance’s standardized cell design, combined with ABB’s global presence, ensures quick changeovers, easy expansion and rapid support.

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