ABB (www.abb.com) is introducing robotics developments that include: A "bending backwards" robot arm for a new articulated robot to make work cells more compact and less costly, and allow faster tool changes; BendWizard programming to reprogram press brake robots, which can be applied to both new equipment and retrofitted to existing machines, making runs of less than 50 pieces economically viable; and its Compact Assembling System for laminated windshields that creates the glass sandwich in a controlled environment so the panes cannot be marked or scratched, as in manual assembly.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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