Mobility company Ola is to deploy a range of ABB robotics and automation solutions at a new mega-factory in India that will roll out the company’s forthcoming electric moped.
The facility, billed to be the world’s largest factory of its kind, is expected to be ready and operational in the coming months.
Ola will utilise ABB’s automation solutions in its factory’s key manufacturing process lines, including its painting and welding lines, while the ABB robots will be deployed for the battery and motor assembly lines.
These include ABB’s IRB 5500 paint and IRB 2600 integrated dressing robots in its painting and welding lines, and IRB 6700 robots for assembly and material handling in the battery and motor assembly areas.
The robots will be digitally integrated into Ola’s AI-enabled mega-factory, to optimise robot performance, productivity and product quality. The solutions will also ensure remote digital connectivity and monitoring of the robots that will ride on Ola’s proprietary AI engine and tech stack.
Bhavish Aggarwal, chairman and group CEO, Ola, said: “We are delighted to bring on board ABB, a global leader in robotics, machine automation and digital services, as a key supplier and partner for robotics and automation solutions that will be deployed at our scooter mega-factory.
“We are bringing in global expertise and stitching up partnerships that will help us build out our factory in record speed and roll out the first of our electric scooters in the coming months.”
With an initial annual capacity of two million units, Ola’s mega-factory will create 10,000 jobs and serve as the company’s global manufacturing hub for both India and international markets across Europe, UK, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.
The facility is also expected to be the country’s most automated, with about 5,000 robots and automated guided vehicles in use once the factory is fully operational to its full capacity.