ABB Plans $150M Advanced Robotics Plant in China

October 29, 2018

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ABB Plans $150M Advanced Robotics Plant in China
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Swiss digital industrial solutions firm ABB is planning to build a new, $150 million plant in Shanghai, China that the company said will be “the world’s most advanced robotics factory,” a press release announced last Friday. 

Located near an existing ABB robotics campus in the country, the production site in Shanghai will include machine learning and other digital technologies offered by ABB, including automation solutions, as well as the company’s collaborative robots. 

“The concept behind this factory is the same advice we give our customers every day: invest in automation solutions that provide flexibility and agility to grow in whichever direction the market goes,” Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s Robotics and Motion division, said in a statement. “ABB is proud to help our customers in China and around the world with solutions that take full advantage of the latest technologies to meet the challenges of mass customization, faster cycles, and constant change which have become the new normal – even in our own factories.”

With the advanced technology, the new ABB plant will be capable of manufacturing a range of different types of robots and variants of each type to meet customers’ demands for customized products.

“The new factory will have an innovative, flexible floorplan based on interlinked islands of automation rather than fixed assembly lines. ABB logistics automation solutions will be used throughout the plant, including automatic guided vehicles that can autonomously follow robots as they move through production, supplying them with parts from localized stations,” the company’s release said. “This will allow production to adapt and scale efficiently to changes in China’s robot market without additional capacity expansions.”

When opened, the site will also utilize the ABB Ability Connected Services platform to provide unique dashboards for management, engineering staff, operators, and maintenance personnel that monitors the health and performance of robots operating at the plant. 

ABB also plans to include a research and development center at the Shanghai plant. The site is expected to commence operations by the end of 2020. 

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