The Swedish-Swiss technology corporation ABB on 3 November opened a new facility in Thailand, ABB Robotics Machine-Tending Limited (RMT). The new facility to produce machine-tending robotics, in Rayong Province, Thailand was inaugurated in the presence of H.E Sweden’s Ambassador Staffan Herrström and Sirichote Singsa, who oversees ABB’s Robotics and Motion division in Thailand.
Under the Thailand 4.0 initiative, the robotics industry is a key element in raising productivity in other industries. Machine tending will play a key role in supporting robotics in a variety of industries, including the mold and die casting, machinery and automotive industries. Industry 4.0 encourages business owners to adapt and adjust to new technologies and innovations over the next five years.
RMT will provide support for production processes that call for automated machine tending, such as using robots to feed components to lathes and mills. ABB combines its portfolio of more than 800 machine-tending cell systems with dedicated machine-tending software, which can reduce the engineering costs that are the most significant expense associated with installing a new machine.
“We stay close to our customers and understand their challenges and applications. We are working to further standardize our products, with the goal of greater flexibility. Our challenge is to guide a robot with even more precision. We put a lot of energy into making our robot cells reliable for our customers,” said Ari Kesti, Regional Sales Manager, Machine Tending Solutions.
“ABB is proud of this new facility,” said Mr. Sirichote. “It encourages not only further export expansion under the Thailand Board of Investment’s privileges, but also expands our local presence in the country, which will allow us to serve local customers, improve service capabilities and expand our activities.”
ABB’s pioneering technology works closely with utility, industry, transport and infrastructure customers in roughly 100 countries. With more than four decades at the forefront of digital technologies, ABB is a leader in digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems with an installed base of more than 70,000 control systems connecting 70 million devices. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions.
ABB is the product of many acquisitions and mergers, but primarily the 1988 coming together of ASEA of Sweden and Switzerland’s BBC, formerly known as Brown Boveri, two of the proudest and best known names in European electrical engineering history.