ABB To Provide 1,300 Robots To Volvo For Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

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  • Both companies extend their partnership for several years, with initial implementations expected in early 2024
  • Volvo Cars and ABB will create solutions that can be engineered once but deployed multiple times

ABB has announced its plan to deliver more than 1,300 robots and functional packages to Volvo.

The deal has been finalised to provide various production tasks, from spot-welding, riveting, and dispensing to flow drilling and ultrasonic welding inspection. These packages will be ready to use and will be implemented at Volvo Cars’ facilities in Torslanda, Sweden and Daqing, China. ABB’s latest OmniCore robot controllers will be helpful for energy savings of up to 20 per cent.

“The automotive industry’s historic transformation, driven by increasing consumer demand for electric vehicles and a desire to operate more sustainably, is creating new opportunities as well as challenges for global manufacturers,” said Marc Segura, ABB Robotics President. “This latest commitment from our partner Volvo Cars demonstrates our shared focus of delivering more sustainable manufacturing. Through our new, energy efficient large robot family and OmniCore controllers we will help to deliver energy savings of up to 20 percent at sites around the world.”

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ABB has ensured that production will not be interrupted using its RobotStudio planning and programming software platform. Volvo Cars and ABB will create solutions that can be engineered once but deployed multiple times by developing and validating the required automation systems in a virtual space.

Volvo Cars and ABB have a longstanding collaboration to enhance car production efficiency and advance industrial robot capabilities. They are set to extend their partnership for several years, with initial implementations expected in early 2024.

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