ABB launches new OmniCore robot controllers

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ABB has introduced two new versions of its OmniCore robot controller, the E10 and V250XT, designed for an even wider range of manufacturing applications.

The company said the latest controllers benefit from enhanced power and flexibility, providing its customers with a solution for “a new era in manufacturing”.

Available for a range of robots across ABB’s portfolio, the controllers are designed to offer “best-in-class” motion control, 20% energy savings and future-proofing through built-in digital connectivity, as well as 1,000+ additional functions to meet changing requirements.

According to ABB, these two new controllers extend the possibilities for enhanced robot control in a variety of industries, from electronics assembly to automotive, logistics, and general manufacturing.

“The growing demands of the industry for quicker, more diverse production and greater responsiveness to changing market conditions calls for solution that bring new levels of speed, accuracy and flexibility,” said Antti Matinlauri, head of product management for ABB Robotics.

“As part of ABB’s OmniCore controller family, the E10 and V250XT provide manufacturers with an expanded range of possibilities, enabling them to maximise their productivity and meet changing demands with minimum downtime.”

Featuring a slimline 19-inch rack-mount design, the E10 is designed for confined space and high-density production lines where space saving is a requirement, such as small parts assembly and material handling in the electronics industry. The E10 controller is designed to power ABB’s SCARA robots and articulated robots with payloads of up to 11kg such as the IRB 920T and IRB 1300.

To power articulated robots with a payload of up to 300kg such as IRB 6700, the OmniCore V250XT controller offers a versatile and powerful solution for use in electric vehicle production, automotive manufacturing, logistics and general industrial applications, ABB said.

Both controllers are built to provide increased scalability through the inclusion of over 1,000 hardware and software functions encompassing areas such as programming, offline commissioning and simulation, maintenance, vision and safety.

Additionally, the controllers feature built-in connectivity to ABB Abilit Connected Services cloud-based service suite for robots, offering new opportunities for improving performance through enhanced predictive maintenance and lifecycle management.

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