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ABB invests in Scalable Robotics

by Pieter Werner

ABB is entering into a strategic partnership with US-based startup Scalable Robotics, to enhance its portfolio of robotic welding systems. Through 3D vision and embedded process understanding the Scalable Robotics technology allows customers to program welding robots without the need for coding.

Scalable’s technology will be part of ABB’s portfolio of no-code programming applications that help to remove the need for specialized programming knowledge. The Scalable platform allows a welder to teach a task to the robot by pointing to where the weld should be applied, with the robot learning the path on its own. The platform features a  3-D camera in a protective box attached to the robot end-of-arm tooling, and uses a touchscreen interface to guide the welder through the scan, teach, validate and tuning steps.

The welder teaches the robot the positions of the welds by clicking a handheld stylus to indicate the desired approach, path and departure points of the weld. The platform automatically generates a weld path that is validated within RobotStudio, ABB’s simulation and programming software. The operator makes any final modifications before the robot auto-tunes the program and sends it to the robot controller so the weld can be performed.

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