Integrated Force Control with ABB

Nov 17, 2016

ABB's integrated Force Control software was created with the customer in mind, bringing unmatched precision and productivity. The Force Control by ABB is a flexible software combines vision and feel to improve a robot's tolerances and pressure sensing abilities enabling robots to sense their environment and produce a consistent product. To add ABB Force Control to your production line, contact experts today.

ABB Force Control

If you are look­ing to improve your sand­ing, pol­ish­ing, or fin­ish­ing of wood­en parts, look no fur­ther than ABB’s inte­grat­ed Force Con­trol soft­ware. ABB always keeps the cus­tomer in mind; this is reflec­tive in the qual­i­ty in their robots and the com­pa­ny’s incred­i­ble cus­tomer ser­vice. The automa­tion solu­tions cre­at­ed by ABB help the wood indus­tries to increase their total pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, bring unmatched pre­ci­sion, incred­i­bly fast ROI, and increase the over­all speed of their prod­uct output.

With these sta­tis­tics, it is no sur­prise that they are one of the lead­ing robot man­u­fac­tur­ers serv­ing the wood sec­tor. This makes ABB and their Force Con­trol soft­ware the per­fect solu­tion for help­ing the lat­est wood indus­try demands and devel­op­ments. ABB is already very rel­e­vant in sev­er­al wood indus­tries already. They are already involved in aid­ing the inte­gra­tion of automa­tion sys­tems and deliv­er­ing a rapid return on invest­ment for world lead­ers such as IKEA, VELUX, and Sved­plan. Their inno­v­a­tive approach and total capa­bil­i­ty means the high­est lev­el of qual­i­ty will be expect­ed and produced. 

This flex­i­ble soft­ware tech­nol­o­gy enables robots to sense their envi­ron­ment and work piece, fur­ther pro­vid­ing the abil­i­ty to quick­ly adapt to vary­ing sur­faces and con­sis­ten­cy of mate­ri­als. It com­bines vision and feel to fur­ther improve robot’s tol­er­ances of the vari­abil­i­ty found in real-world assem­bly and fin­ish­ing oper­a­tions. These two items alone raise the tech­ni­cal capa­bil­i­ties of robots, great­ly improv­ing the over­all eco­nom­ics of using them for any fin­ish­ing job, espe­cial­ly those with wood­en parts. 

ABB’s Force Con­trol Technology

ABB’s ful­ly inte­grat­ed force con­trol is a pre-con­fig­ured soft­ware and hard­ware that gives real-time tac­tile feed​back​.It is a one stop shop for advanced force con­trol func­tion­al­i­ty and helps to help cre­ate extreme pre­ci­sion, reduce cycle times, and improve the over­all process qual­i­ty. ABB’s force con­trol is also able to save pro­gram­ming time, mea­sure geo­met­ri­cal dif­fer­ences, and increase the life of process tools. All of these attrib­ut­es also help to decrease the ini­tial set­up and over­all pro­gram­ming and train­ing time. 

There are three fea­tures that unite to increase the dimen­sion of the robots use in wood indus­tries that fur­ther pro­vide faster pro­cess­ing times, high prod­uct qual­i­ty, an increase in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, and reduced pro­gram­ming times. These fea­tures include FC Graph­i­cal Pro­gram­ming Inter­face, FC Pres­sure, and FC Speed Change. These help pro­duce high per­for­mance real-time path cor­rec­tion based on sen­sor feed­back which gives it a very fast response time. Also, there are fea­tures that allow for recov­ery and supervision.

When the force con­trol is ful­ly inte­grat­ed in the robot, all of the required com­po­nents are pro­vid­ed in order to eas­i­ly use the Force sen­sor. Oth­er options include the robot to be mount­ed or room fixed shield­ed high-flex cables, volt­age mea­sure­ment board, mea­sure­ment inter­face to IRC5 con­troller, high over­load pro­tec­tion (10 times nom­i­nal load), IP65 rat­ing, and, of course, the force con­trol software. 

ABB’s Vision Technology

Wood has nat­ur­al flaws, such as knots, worm­holes, bark pock­ets, etc., that require advanced soft­ware tech­nolo­gies. Man­u­fac­tur­ers are able to reduce the waste that these flaws would nor­mal­ly deem too tough to work with, by using robot­ic vision. Vision Guid­ed robot­ics (VGR) sys­tems are very easy to inte­grate nowa­days and able to deal with chang­ing envi­ron­ments by using light­ing, reflec­tions, and object sensing.

ABB uses a vision sys­tem that uses a sin­gle cam­era to locate parts in 2D, 2.5D, or a 3D space. This allows the automa­tion to take care of oper­a­tions that used to neces­si­tate human involve­ment. Addi­tion­al­ly, there is a reduced need for expen­sive fix­tur­ing, pre-arrang­ing, or plac­ing of parts.

When you com­bine vision sys­tems with force con­trol, it increas­es a robot’s abil­i­ty expo­nen­tial­ly. So ABB has a Machin­ing Force Con­trol (FC) func­tion to help increase the reli­a­bil­i­ty, adapt­abil­i­ty, and improve the con­sis­ten­cy and sur­face con­tour of the mate­ri­als being processed.

The appli­ca­tions to be used with this soft­ware span from grind­ing, sand­ing, and pol­ish­ing, to debur­ring and assem­bly. ABB also offers an adap­tive Force Con­trol pack­age for cus­tomers who would like to inte­grate the application/​process themselves. 

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When com­pared with man­u­al labor, it is evi­dent that automa­tion brings huge gains. With the abil­i­ty to work 24-hours with no breaks, robot­ic tech­nol­o­gy brings high lev­els of out­put, low­er costs, enhanced and more con­sis­tent process and prod­uct qual­i­ty, and greater flex­i­bil­i­ty and effi­cien­cy. Robots also help to take over the haz­ardous tasks or envi­ron­ments those work­ers would be exposed to, improv­ing the over­all health and safe­ty of the workplace. 

ABB is deter­mined to help con­quer and solve the chal­lenge of the wood indus­tries with this intel­li­gent soft­ware. They have already suc­cess­ful­ly cre­at­ed effi­cient robot-based automa­tion for wood indus­tries and plan to con­tin­ue their lega­cy for years to come. 

Robots​.com rep­re­sen­ta­tives are ready to help you inte­grate a cus­tomized auto­mat­ed sys­tem, today! Con­tact Robots​.com experts online or at 8777626881.

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