Swedish/Swiss automation company ABB has announced a partnership with Volvo Cars to supply over 1,300 robots and functional packages to help build the automaker’s next generation of EVs.
The deal includes functional packages for spot-welding, riveting, dispensing, flow drilling and ultrasonic weld inspection. Volvo Cars will install each ready-to-use hardware, software and services package in Torslanda, Sweden and Daqing, China. ABB will use RobotStudio software to design and optimize the deployment before installing the robots to maintain production continuity. Alongside the hardware and functional packages, ABB will also deploy OmniCore robot controllers with efficient power electronics and regenerative braking.
“During the deployment, ABB will ensure production remains uninterrupted through the use of its RobotStudio planning and programming software platform to visualize and optimize the deployment before the robots are installed. By developing and validating the required automation systems in a virtual space, Volvo Cars and ABB will create solutions that can be engineered once but deployed multiple times,” ABB stated.