February 24, 2021

ABB Cobots400x275ABB has expanded its collaborative robot (cobot) portfolio by introducing the GoFa and SWIFTI families, which offer higher payloads and speeds. The new cobots will complement the company’s YuMI and Single Arm YuMi cobots, the company said. Both new cobots are available now through ABB’s distribution channels.

The stronger, faster and more capable cobots will help accelerate ABB’s expansion into high-growth segments, including healthcare, electronics, consumer goods, logistics, and food & beverage, in order to meet the growing demand for automation across multiple industry segments.

GoFa and SWIFTI are designed so customers do not need to rely on in-house programming specialists, ABB said. This aims to unlock industries that have low levels of automation, with customers able to operate their cobot within minutes of installation, straight out of the box, with no specialized training, ABB said.

“Our new cobot portfolio is the most diverse on the market, offering the potential to transform workplaces and help our customers achieve new levels of operational performance and growth,” said Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s robotics and discrete automation business. “They are easy to use and configure and backed by our global network of on-call, on-line service experts to ensure that businesses of all sizes and new sectors of the economy, far beyond manufacturing, can embrace robots for the first time.”

ABB said it has identified four key megatrends that will drive the acceleration of automation: individualized consumers, labor shortages, digitalization and uncertainty. The expansion follows ABB’s robotics group to focus on high-growth segments through portfolio innovation, helping to drive profitable growth.

Both the GoFa and SWIFTI are engineered for tasks such as material handling, machine tending, component assembly and packaging in manufacturing, medical laboratories, logistics hubs and warehouses, workshops, and small production facilities.

“With this expansion, we are making cobots easier to use and deploy, with real-time support to help speed their adoption in businesses that may not have considered their use previously,” said Atiya. “Our experience is that the best performing operations harness people’s skills, alongside the potential of new technologies.”

The company said users “comfortable with operating a tablet or smartphone”  will be able to program and re-program the new cobots, using ABB’s fast setup tools. The company’s YuMi cobot, launched in 2015, has been working alongside people in factories, workshops and laboratories around the world, performing tasks such as screwdriving and assembling electronics, to making valves and USB sticks, and testing COVID-19 samples in laboratories.

ABB GoFa details

The GoFa CRB 15000 is a six-axis robot arm that includes intelligent sensors in each joint to support humans robot collaboration, with payloads up to 5 kg. It includes a reach of 950 mm, with speeds up to 2.2 meters per second. The GoFa features intelligent torque and position sensors in each of its six joints to offer power and force limiting performance, ABB said. The joints eliminate the risk of injury to human workers by sensing any unexpected contact between the cobot’s arm and a human to bring the robot arm to stop within milliseconds. Additional data features on the GoFa cobot can be found here.

ABB swifti details

The SWIFTI CRB 1100 (based on the IRB 1100 industrial robot) features speeds up to five meters per second, and can support payloads up to 4 kg, with a reach of 580 mm. The cobot’s speed is about five times higher than other cobots in its class, and comparable with industrial robots, ABB said. The cobot is designed to support tasks such as assembly and polishing, where human operators need to be present to carry out duties such as supervision and repositioning of parts. The system will integrate a safety laser scanner with ABB’s SafeMove Collaborative safety software, to ensure that contact between a moving robot and a human will not occur, to prevent injury. Additional data features on the SWIFT cobot can be found here.

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