First ABB Robot Manufactured and Purchased in America

Mar 23, 2017

ABB is proud to bring the manufacturing of their robots to America! The first robot produced in America was an IRB 2600, painted red, white, and blue to commemorate this huge milestone. The very special first of its kind IRB2600 was produced at the ABB Auburn Hills, Michigan plant a sold by ABB reseller CIM Systems, Inc.


Two years ago, ABB made it known that a major indus­tri­al robot com­pa­ny in Amer­i­ca, Auburn Hills, of Indi­ana, would begin pro­duc­ing indus­tri­al robots in Amer­i­ca! ABB is now proud to announce that this com­mit­ment has come true; they are on track with the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion sched­ule they announced at the fac­to­ry opening.

Hitachi Pow­dered Met­als USA of Greens­burg, IN is the proud new own­er of a red, white, and blue ABB IRB 2600robot. This par­tic­u­lar IRB 2600 is spe­cial as it is the first ABB robot man­u­fac­tured and sold in the Unit­ed States. The IRB2600 was pro­duced at the ABB Auburn Hills, Michi­gan plant a sold by ABB reseller CIM Sys­tems, Inc. It is the 180thABB robot at the Hitachi plant and will be used in its new home for mate­r­i­al han­dling of in-process engine com­po­nent parts.

The ABB IRB 2600 was a great robot to begin with as it is a pop­u­lar robot with cus­tomers as it will sure­ly increase pro­duc­tion on your line. The IRB 2600 has extreme accu­ra­cy, fast process speeds, and reduces over­all waste. Fur­ther­more, it includes True­Move soft­ware for ulti­mate motion con­trol that can help cut cycle times by 25%.

The pres­i­dent of ABB’s robot­ics and motion divi­sion, Sami Atiya, marks this sale as a huge mile­stone for the arrival of ABB’s man­u­fac­tur­ing pres­ence in the Amer­i­c­as. Atiya stat­ed, It is a major step towards our goal of pro­vid­ing local cus­tomers with deliv­ery sched­ules and tech­ni­cal sup­port that are far supe­ri­or to oth­er robot manufacturers.”

Fur­ther­more, Chief engi­neer of robots and automa­tion at Hitachi, James Adams, has posi­tioned the robot in a promi­nent loca­tion to hon­or the pur­chase of the first U.S. man­u­fac­tured ABB robot and reflect the pas­sion they have for pro­duc­tion in the U.S. ABB robots have played a very impor­tant role in the oper­a­tion of the plant and Adams states that, For a com­pa­ny of our size the vol­ume of robots we have is unprece­dent­ed. I tru­ly believe that if we didn’t have robots in our facil­i­ty we wouldn’t be in busi­ness today.”

Pre­vi­ous­ly, the ABB robots that were pur­chased in Amer­i­ca were pro­duced in Swe­den and Chi­na. How­ev­er, this will not be the case any­more; the future for Amer­i­can pro­duced ABB indus­tri­al robots looks very promis­ing with an expect­ed 75% of the robots sold to North Amer­i­can end users man­u­fac­tured in the Unit­ed States by 2018.

Fur­ther­more, ABB con­tin­ues to encour­age and push the growth in the U.S. as they also have a pack­ag­ing appli­ca­tion cen­ter in Bloom­field, CT, an assem­bly and test appli­ca­tion cen­ter in San Jose, CA, and a han­dling and machin­ing appli­ca­tion cen­ter in Hous­ton, Texas.

Robots​.com pro­vides Inte­gra­tion-Ready ABB Robot­ics and offers cus­tomers top of the line robots and cus­tomer ser­vice. They offer both new and used ABB IRB 2600 robots. Each used IRB 2600 goes through a rig­or­ous recon­di­tion­ing process, bring­ing it back to mint condition. 

If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing ABB robots, our team of engi­neers can help cus­tomize a robot sys­tem. You can fill out our Con­tact Form, or call 8777626881 for more details.

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