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To meet demand for faster and more efficient production, ABB Robotics has added two new members to its OmniCore controller family.

Available for a range of robots across ABB’s portfolio, the new E10 and V250XT controllers offer best-in-class motion control, as well as 20 per cent energy savings and future-proofing through built-in digital connectivity, and over 1000 additional functions to meet changing requirements. 

The two new controllers extend the possibilities for enhanced robot control in a variety of industries – from electronic assembly to automotive, logistics and general manufacturing. 

“The growing demands of the industry for quicker, more diverse production and greater responsiveness to changing market conditions calls for a solution that brings new levels of speed, accuracy and flexibility,” said Paolo Maggi, product specialist at ABB Australia. 

“As part of ABB’s OmniCore controller family, the E10 and V250XT provide manufacturers with an expanded range of possibilities, enabling them to maximise their productivity and meet changing demands with minimum downtime.”

Both controllers offer increased scalability through the inclusion of over 1000 hardware and software functions, encompassing such things as programming, offline commissioning and simulation, maintenance, vision and safety. 

The controllers also feature built-in connectivity to ABB Ability Connected Services cloud-based service suite for robots, offering new opportunities for improving performance through enhanced predictive maintenance and lifecycle management. 

ABB is also introducing its IoT Gateway open automation software for OmniCore. IoT Gateway makes it possible to achieve truly joined-up production by enabling the seamless transmission of data from the factory floor, machine to machine, robots to other machines and robots to sensors, to the MES/ERP system, or to the cloud.

The inclusion of ABB’s TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology in both controllers offers class-leading cycle times, high speed, position repeatability, and path accuracy. 

Featuring a slimline 19-inch rack-mount design, the E10 is ideal for confined space and high-density production lines where space saving is a key requirement. The E10 controller is designed to power ABB’s SCARA robots and articulated robots with payloads of up to 11kg.

Designed to power articulated robots with a payload of up to 300kg, the V250XT controller offers a versatile and powerful solution for use in electric vehicle production, automotive manufacturing, logistics and general industrial applications. 

The E10 and V250XT controllers consume up to 20 per cent less energy compared to previous IRC5 controllers, due to energy-saving power regeneration technology and brake energy recovery. 

Both controllers are used with ABB’s FlexPendant handheld controller. The large 8-inch multi-touch display supports standard gestures, such as pinch, swipe and tap, simplifying robot programming. 

FlexPendant is “how-swappable”, meaning it can be unplugged or re-connected without interrupting ongoing production, which allows it to be shared between multiple robots, accelerating robot deployment and minimising costs.

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