ABB It launched its first group of rebranded autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) following its acquisition of leading mobile robotics company ASTI Mobile Robotics in 2021. Since adding AMRs to its portfolio, ABB asserts that it is the only company to offer a comprehensive, integrated offering of robotics, AMRs and machine automation solutions.
“As companies look for a range of robotic solutions to help make them more efficient, resilient and resilient, we are the only company supporting them with our integrated offerings of AMR, robotics, and machine automation technologies,” said Mark Segura. Head of Robotics at ABB. “This is a game changer for our customers, they can work with a single partner who delivers everything they need to adapt to the opportunities and challenges driven by customization, labor shortages, and disrupted supply chains. Our rebranding emphasizes the simplicity and usefulness of the integrated solutions we provide to our customers.”
ASTI Mobile Robotics solutions have now been renamed and integrated into the ABB portfolio, grouped under the Flexley name, indicating the flexibility of operations offered by AMRs. The first models to be introduced, the Flexley Tug and Flexley Mover, cover applications including towing, hauling trolleys up to 2,000kg, as well as lifting and moving racks, containers and pallets up to 1,500kg.
Building on ASTI’s use of laser-scanner-based 2D SLAM navigation, future ABB autonomous mobile robots will also benefit from pioneering VSLAM technology at Sevensense Robotics – a Swiss start-up in the ABB Group of Partners – which enables mobile robots to navigate complex and environments dynamism. This unique technology opens up new possibilities for flexible manufacturing – the artificial intelligence that makes ABB’s AMRs as autonomous as their robotic arms, while making work more productive and safer for people.
“The autonomous mobile robotics market is set to grow exponentially, with an annual growth rate of approximately 24% between 2021 and 2028*,” said Veronica Pascual, Global Head of AMR Business at ABB Robotics. “The integration of the ASTI AMR Group and the creation of our global manufacturing and support network means we are well positioned to meet this growth, providing our customers with new ways to meet their supply chain challenges and meet the demands for greater flexibility and agility created by the continued rise in e-commerce.”
Already supplying AMR solutions to customer projects, ABB has worked with strategic partner Expert Technology Group in the UK to deliver a complete assembly line based on AMRs for a technology startup to produce revolutionary products for the EV drivetrain. ABB’s automation solution moves products between automated automation cells and manual assembly stations, and combines the use of ABB robots with vision function packages and AMRs.
ASTI’s merger with ABB includes a complete rebranding of all of its offices and facilities, as well as the launch of a new-look website at amr.robotics.abb.com. According to ABB’s financial report for the third quarter of 2021, the 2021 acquisition price of ASTI is $190 million.
The ASTI Foundation continues to use the ASTI name, which was established in 2017 to educate young people and equip them with the skills needed to thrive in the age of digital transformation. More information about the institution can be found at over here.
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