ABB WISA Technology

Dec 14, 2013

ABB has created a technology called WISA to help cut down on the wear and tear of robot cables. The Wireless Interface for Sensors and Actuators will reduce the breakage of cables by transmitting data from sensors to actuators without using cables. This helps to cut down on the maintenance and replacement costs.


No mat­ter what man­u­fac­tur­ers do to pro­tect their cables on robot­ic sys­tems, even­tu­al­ly there will be wear and tear on the cables, and they will have to be replaced – some more rapid­ly than oth­ers. So, ABB cre­at­ed Wire­less Inter­face for Sen­sors and Actu­a­tors (WISA) tech­nol­o­gy to cut down on some of the break­age of cables.

So, what is WISA tech­nol­o­gy by ABB? As men­tioned above, it is the wire­less trans­mis­sion of data from sen­sors to actu­a­tors with­out the use of cables that can break and cause inter­rup­tions in the flow of the pro­duc­tion line. By using WISA by ABB, man­u­fac­tur­ers vir­tu­al­ly elim­i­nate these types of interruptions.

One com­pa­ny that has put this tech­nol­o­gy into prac­tice is an auto­mo­tive head­lamps man­u­fac­tur­er, Hel­la, a com­pa­ny that pro­duces head­lamps for cus­tomers like Audi, BMW, Chrysler and GM. Before the use of ABB’s WISA tech­nol­o­gy, Hel­la was hav­ing at least one sig­nal cable break every week or so, which real­ly slowed down their pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Accord­ing to ABB, despite care­ful instal­la­tion of the cables, the rapid move­ment of the head­lamps work­cell often led to dam­aged cables.

By switch­ing to wire­less sig­nal trans­fer with WISA, the com­pa­ny was able to bypass this issue with pro­duc­tion inter­rup­tions all togeth­er. Instead of hav­ing sig­nal cables that trans­fer infor­ma­tion from one point to anoth­er, it is all done wire­less­ly, so there are no cables to snap under the rapid move­ments of their work­cell. The WISA tech­nol­o­gy from ABB was easy for the com­pa­ny to install, and it paid for itself with­in the first few months through giv­ing the com­pa­ny inter­rup­tion-free production.

All in all, Hel­la real­ized that ABB’s WISA tech­nol­o­gy sys­tem was essen­tial to the future of their pro­duc­tion and invest­ed wise­ly in a tech­nol­o­gy that eas­i­ly cov­ered their return on invest­ment, by short­en­ing pro­duc­tion time need­ed to pro­duce headlamps.

Fea­tures like WISA by ABB are impor­tant fac­tors when design­ing a work cell for your fac­to­ry pro­duc­tion line. It’s a good thing that com­pa­nies like Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for ABB Robot­ics, are around to give you all the infor­ma­tion you need for a seam­less inte­gra­tion with a great sys­tem. When you call Robots​.com, you get friend­ly ser­vice and access to the entire ABB cat­a­log, includ­ing fea­tures like WISA.

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