ABB, the power and automation technology group, has reached a milestone. One of its a new IRB 6640 six axis robots has become the 200,000th robot that the organisation has delivered since 1974.
The milestone robot was delivered to Yingkou Jinchen Machinery, a system integrator in China, which specialises in professional high-end intelligent automation in the field of new energy and photovoltaics. The eventual user of the robot, Canadian Solar, is a large solar module producer.
A celebration ceremony was held on 27 March 27 at Yingkou Jinchen Machinery. It was attended by Mr Per Vegard Nerseth, Head of ABB Robotics in Switzerland, Mr Li Yisheng, president of Yingkou Jinchen and Mr Liu Huanxin, deputy mayor of Yingkou.
Commenting on this significant event, Nerseth said “Approximately half of all industrial robots worldwide are installed at automobile manufacturers and their suppliers. But in recent years the nonautomotive sector has grown significantly in industries such food, electrical/electronics and alternative energy (solar and wind) equipment manufacturing.
So it seems rather appropriate that our 200,000th robot will be working on PV Solar modules in China. The expansion of robots into the general industrial sector is driven by several key factors, most notably the ability of robots to increase the productivity whilst at the same time delivering consistently high product quality. Companies adopting robotics are rewarded with fast ROIs and the benefits of moving employees out of dull, dirty, delicate and dangerous jobs into tasks with greater satisfaction and long term rewards."
In 1974 ABB (then known as Asea) introduced the first all-electric robot on the market, the IRB 6. Today ABB offers over 25 different robot models to match the needs of a wide range of applications and industries. And this offer is fully supported with extensive systems integration capability and a global network of sales and service professionals in over 53 countries.
ABB is represented in this country by ABB Australia .