ABB Robots highlight Ford productivity, efficiency at Detroit Auto Show 2010

Robotics from ABB are helping with Ford manufacturing productivity and working to deliver a fuel efficiency message at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

 

01/14/2010


Robotics from ABB are helping with Ford manufacturing productivity and working to deliver a fuel efficiency message at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

ABB Robotics has been supplying robots to the Ford Motor Company since the late 1970s and, until very recently, the setting has been confined to the 30 or so Ford Powertrain factories around the globe that prominently use ABB Robots in the manufacturing and assembly of Ford Powertrain components. With the Jan. 16 opening of the 2010 North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI, the relationship between the two industrial companies will be raised to a new level of visibility. Two ABB IRB 6640 industrial robots highlight the main demonstration area of the Ford booth, supporting the live presentation of the numerous components and attributes of Ford's powerful, yet fuel efficient EcoBoost engine, a centerpiece of Ford's 2010 marketing theme.

 

IRB 6640 is the perfect robot for applications focusing on high production capacity, according to ABB Robotics.

  • High payload: The payload, 235 kg, makes the robot suitable for many heavy material handling applications. The payload for IRB 6640ID (internal dressing) is 200 kg, which meets requirements of the heaviest spot welding applications.
  • Increased path performance: IRB 6640 runs the second generation of TrueMove and QuickMove. These applications give the robot more accurate motions, which reduces programming time and increases throughput.
  • Easier installation and maintenance: Several new features, such as simplified fork lift pockets and more space in the robot foot, eases maintenance. Almost 400 kg lower weight, compared to comparable prior model, simplifies installation.
  • Options: Available working environment options include Foundry Plus, Foundry Prime, and Clean Room.
  • ABB Robotics supplies industrial robots , 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, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries.

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