ABB has launched the Omnicore robot controller family. It offers multiple motion control options such as force control.
The first robot controller variants provide flexibility for integrating robots into the digital factory ecosystem, whether manufacturers need standardized motion control or more tailored solutions. “Automation needs are becoming increasingly complex in today’s high mix, low volume manufacturing,” said Per Vegard Nerseth from ABB. “Factories need solutions that support flexibility and high performance during demanding 24/7-hour operations and, at the same time, can be tailored to specific applications.”
The control units need a 50 percent smaller footprint. This allows robotic solutions to be tailored to a wide variety of existing and new production lines. In addition to increasing mounting flexibility, the robot controller also increases flexibility to incorporate the latest digital technologies. The optional interfaces for CANopen and Devicenet enable communication with add-on devices.
The Ability digital platform includes the company’s Safemove2 safety software solution. Thus the controllers can turn any connected industrial robot into a collaborative robot. They come with the Robotware7 intuitive operating system. It incorporates new features and functions making the robots more capable than before. The first members of the robot controller family are expected to be available for order in November 2018.