ABB Press Automation reaches installation milestone
The Press Automation Systems unit of ABB Robotics recently reached a milestone by installing its 200th press system enhanced with transfer automation in North America since the unit was launched in the continent in 1996.Enrique Pano, the ABB business development manager for press automation systems in North America, said, "Reaching more than 200 systems in North America alone is a very important milestone for us. Customer satisfaction is our first priority, and this achievement indicates that we are fulfilling our goal."The systems are installed on both new and existing stamping operations, and typically involve one or more 6- or 7-axis press tending robots. Systems often include robotic or hard automation destacking systems to initially serve the blank metal sheets or coils on the front end, interpress transfer, and racking systems for finished goods on the back end.