ABB showed a variety of robotic technologies at IMTS. ABB said the models provide felixibility “to efficiently meet the challenges of what has become the ‘new normal’ in manufacturing – high-mix, low-volume production in shorter cycles.”
FlexLoaders, ABB’s next generation of compact, standardized machine tool tending cells, include a 6-axis robot. The company said a user-friendly vision guidance provides the flexibility to automate the machine tending of parts that range from small to very large, increasing machine tool utilization by as much as 6% while reducing operating costs.
ABB also used IMTS for the North American introduction of its new intelligent design approach to its robotic portfolio. First introduced in June at Automatica in Munich, the new standard allows ABB robots to be easily tailored to a wider range of needs, providing customers with more flexibility for each factory’s unique automation challenges and diverse applications.
ABB’s first offerings include a new single-arm YuMi robot and OmniCore, a new robot controller family. ABB said both offer a high degree of flexibility to add collaborative applications to existing lines with confined spaces.
Elsewhere in the pavilion, Omax Corp. highlighted how the latest advancements in abrasive waterjet cutting machine technology meet a variety of manufacturing and educational needs.
The company demonstrated these systems at its booth and in the Smartforce Student Summit. Omax highlighted its new ProtoMAX personal abrasive waterjet system, a compact, self-installed cutting system suited for prototyping and relatively low-volume cutting of almost any material around 1″ thick. It is targeted to small job shops, engineering classrooms, makerspaces and personal use. It is also a useful addition for large shops and fabricators that need occasional waterjet capabilities to complement their other cutting systems, according to Omax.
The company also performed live cutting demonstrations on several other machines, including the MAXIEM 1530 with A-Jet, MicroMAX and an OMAX 80X Series with Tilt-A-Jet. All of these showcased the company’s selection of machine sizes and their ability to cut 3D parts, component features smaller than 300 microns or taper-free parts from various material types and thicknesses without the need for any tool changes.