Digital Solutions – Company Visit at ABB Robotics

By Josua Stierli

Today we had two more company visits around Shanghai. After a fantastic breakfast in our hotel, which is located directly in the centre of Shanghai, we travelled with the bus to ABB Robotics.

First Stephan Schaerer, Local Business Unit CFO at ABB Robotics China, gave us an overview of the company, the products of ABB Robotics and the different applications. The company is part of the ABB Group with its headquarter in Zurich. ABB was an early bird in the Chinese market and is now the market leader for robots in China. Furthermore, ABB has installed over 50’000 robots in China and more than 300’000 globally. The market in China is growing fast because salaries are rising and manual work is getting more and more expensive. The company provides a wide range of robots and robotic solutions to the industry. It manages a full portfolio from naked robots, peripheral equipment, module cells, software, to service and training. ABB is the world’s only robotics company to provide complete solutions for main production steps of car manufacturing. Around 80 per cent of the production at ABB Robotics in China is produced for the Chinese market and only around 20 per cent are distributed outside of China. Furthermore, the factory in Shanghai is the only one which produces the models for painting applications. And speaking of future steps of ABB, simplification, collaboration and digitalization will be the three main innovation fields for ABB Robotics.

The introduction was accompanied by a visit of the production lines of ABB in Shanghai. It was very impressive to see how these high-end machines were built in the factory. In our tour, we could see different models and sizes of robots and the production of YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative robot. This new generation of robots enables new forms of manufacturing work. YuMi has two arms with several joints and its controller unit is directly integrated in the main case. Furthermore, YuMi can work together with another employee and enables therefore new working fields.

The visit of ABB Robotics was very interesting and a great opportunity to see how these machines are produced in Shanghai.

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