Robotics Industry News
ABB Robotics introduces a fast and flexible parts transfer solution for high speed press automation
ABB Inc. Posted 12/12/2013The Twin Robot Xbar (TRX) is the fastest robot-based solution available for loading and unloading presses, without the need for press modification.
- Flexible robot-based solution:Output rate of up to 16 parts per minute on tandem press lines
- Trouble-free change over: Equipped with quick tool change system
- User-friendly programming interface: Runs on StampWare platform
“The TRX raises the bar in press automation, providing end-users increased speed and greater flexibility with the proven robotic technology that has served them well,” said Enrique Pano, press automation manager, ABB Robotics, North America. “Customers benefit from improved performance with familiar technology, maintaining valuable consistency in terms of availability, spare parts, service, support and programming knowledge.”
Utilizing two robots optimally distributes the total power and load, while minimizing the inertia in demanding press automation applications. With ABB’s MultiMove™ technology a single robot cabinet controls all ten TRX axes, comprised of two four-axis robots plus two crossbar axes, simplifying programming without adding to the system footprint.
The system can accommodate a wide range of crossbar types and lengths to assure the right fit for different line configurations. Crossbar changes for new production have been fully automated on the press bolster or at the inter-press.
“Cost efficient and reliable, the TRX can tilt in three different axes and allows dynamic reconfiguration of part distance when moving double parts (side-shifting), eliminating the need for additional actuators," adds Pano.
The TRX runs on StampWare, a proprietary software package from ABB designed to facilitate interaction between operator and press cell. Available on the robot FlexPendant for maximum simplicity, flexibility and cost effectiveness, StampWare includes a graphical programming wizard that helps operators easily program the robots without having to master the programming language. It is currently running in more than 1,000 robots worldwide.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.
About ABB Robotics
ABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 200,000 robots worldwide.