ABB achieves a major milestone in industrial robotics

Top Quote ABB, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial robotics, has reached a major milestone as a new IRB 6640 six axis robot became the 200,000th robot ABB has delivered worldwide since it first entered the business in 1974. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 25, 2012 - The celebrated robot has been delivered to Yingkou Jinchen Machinery Co., Ltd, a system integrator in China, and will be installed at Canadian Solar Inc. in Changshu for manufacturing of solar modules.

    Yingkou Jinchen specializes in professional high-end intelligent automation in the field of new energy and photovoltaic. The eventual user of the robot, Canadian Solar, is one of the world's largest solar module producers. They are a leading provider of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar modules, solar power systems and specialized solar products across the globe.

    A celebration ceremony was held on March 27, 2012 at Yingkou Jinchen Machinery Co., Ltd and was attended by Mr Per Vegard Nerseth, Head of ABB Robotics, Mr Li Yisheng, president of Yingkou Jinchen and Mr Liu Huanxin, deputy mayor of Yingkou.
    Commenting on this significant event, Nerseth said "Approximately half of all industrial robots worldwide are installed at automobile manufacturers and their suppliers. But in recent years the non-automotive sector has grown significantly in industries such food, electrical/electronics and alternative energy (solar and wind) equipment manufacturing.

    So it seems rather appropriate that our 200,000 robot will be working on PV Solar modules in
    China. The expansion of robots into the general industrial sector is driven by several key factors, most notably the ability of robots to increase the productivity whilst at the same time delivering consistently high product quality. Companies adopting robotics are rewarded with fast ROIs and the benefits of moving employees out of dull, dirty, delicate and dangerous jobs into tasks with greater satisfaction and long term rewards."

    Mr Li Yisheng, president of Yingkou Jinchen commented on the event "The 200,000th robot delivered is a successful cooperation between ABB and Jinchen. ABB provide strong technical support to Jinchen. We believe we will together offer more robot automation solutions to solar manufacturers."

    In 1974 ABB (then known as Asea) introduced the first all-electric robot on the market, the IRB 6. Today ABB offers over 25 different robot models to match the needs of a wide range of applications and industries. And this offer is fully supported with extensive systems integration capability and a global network of sales and service professionals in over 53 countries

    About ABB
    ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people.

    About ABB Robotics
    ABB Robotics ( is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong customer focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 190,000 robots worldwide.

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