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Robotics-Control Platform Integrates ABB Hardware and Software

June 17, 2024

ABB-OmniCoreRobot-Controller-C30-GoF-wizardABB Robotics has launched its OmniCore robotics-control platform, designed to provide modular and futureproof control architecture that will enable the full integration of artificial-intelligence-, sensor-, cloud- and edge-computing systems to create advanced and autonomous robotic applications, according to company officials.

The platform, created via a $170-million-plus investment in next-generation robotics by ABB Robotics, ties together the company’s robotic hardware and software in a single language, and replaces ABB Robotics IRC5 controller, which will be phased out in June 2026. ABB will continue to support those using IRC5 with spare parts and services through the remaining lifetime of a robot. 

OmniCore’s motion performance delivers robot path accuracy at a level of less than 0.6 mm, with multiple robots running at speeds to 1600 mm/sec. This reportedly opens new automation opportunities in precision areas such as arc welding, mobile-phone-display assembly, gluing and laser cutting. Overall, OmniCore enables robots to operate to 25% faster and to consume to 20% less energy as compared to the previous ABB controller, according to company officials.

OmniCore is built on a scalable, modular control architecture offering an array of functions to create almost any application. With more than 1000 hardware and software features, users can design, operate, maintain and optimize operations. This is enabled by software features including ABB's Absolute Accuracy and PickMaster Twin, as well as hardware options spanning from external axis and vision systems to fieldbuses.

“The OmniCore difference is its ability to manage motion, sensors and application equipment in a single holistic unified system,” says Marc Segura, ABB Robotics division president. “OmniCore opens the door to the entire ABB Robotics portfolio of hardware and software, in any combination under a single control platform, offering endless possibilities and more avenues for value creation. For example, OmniCore enables automotive manufacturers to increase production speed, increasing press tending production from 12 to 15 strokes/min. to produce 900 parts/hr. We believe that OmniCore offers the potential for many more industry breakthroughs.“

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