ABB has opened a new robotics facility in Thailand.
Officially called ABB Robotics Machine-Tending Limited, or RMT for short, the business unit is set to produce machine-tending robotics, in Rayong Province, Thailand.
The opening ceremony was attended by Staffan Herrström, Sweden’s ambassador to Thailand, and Sirichote Singsa, who oversees ABB’s robotics and motion division in Thailand.
Under the Thailand 4.0 initiative, the robotics industry is a key element in raising productivity in other industries, according to ABB.
ABB says machine tending will play a key role in supporting robotics in a variety of industries, including the mold and die casting, machinery and automotive industries.
The company says the Thailand project “encourages business owners to adapt and adjust to new technologies and innovations over the next five years”.
RMT will provide support for production processes that call for automated machine-tending, such as using robots to feed components to lathes and mills.
ABB combines its portfolio of more than 800 machine-tending cell systems with dedicated machine-tending software, which can reduce the engineering costs that are the most significant expense associated with installing a new machine.
Ari Kesti, ABB regional sales manager, machine tending solutions, says: “We stay close to our customers and understand their challenges and applications.
“We are working to further standardize our products, with the goal of greater flexibility.
“Our challenge is to guide a robot with even more precision. We put a lot of energy into making our robot cells reliable for our customers.”
Sirichote says: “ABB is proud of this new facility.
“It encourages not only further export expansion under the Thailand Board of Investment’s privileges, but also expands our local presence in the country, which will allow us to serve local customers, improve service capabilities and expand our activities.”
ABB is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robots, but its main business is electrification products – equipment for power stations and so on.
The company operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.
Its global industrial robot installations numbered around 300,000 at last count.