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ABB is a leading global technology company in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics & motion, with customers in utilities, industry, and transport & infrastructure, supported by ABB’s innovative digital solutions. Since its foundation in 1991, ABB Hungary has successfully built a knowledge-based company serving local and global customers. ABB owns a factory for low-voltage electricity products in Kecskemét.

ABB has a long history and a rich heritage of technology innovation in many power and automation technologies, one of those is the dynamically developing robotics.

ABB pioneered the world’s first commercial all-electric microprocessor-controlled robot in 1974. Since then, ABB has introduced a number of robotics innovations from high-speed „delta” robots, for picking and packaging, to the world’s first truly collaborative industrial robot, YuMi, in 2015.

The impact of robots on manufacturing processes and industrial productivity has been revolutionary. Their ability to achieve huge increases in output and process quality - and similarly huge reductions in downtime and operating and labor costs - have made them indispensable to industrial production.

In 2008, ABB introduced SafeMove, a software-based monitoring solution allowing people to work safely in close proximity to robots, saving space and boosting productivity. Seven years later, ABB again revolutionized industrial robotics with the launch of YuMi, a smart robot for small-parts assembly specifically designed to collaborate with human colleagues, without the need for cages or fences. 

YuMi, meaning “you and me”, is a two-armed robot equipped with dexterous grippers, sensitive force control feedback, flexible software and built-in safety features that collectively allow for programming through teaching rather than coding.

In Hungary, ABB is using its innovative robotic systems primarily in the automotive, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, electronic, and industrial production fields. For instance, ABB's heavy-duty, multifunctional robotic system is installed at a domestic plate glass plant to safely and quickly move huge glass plates from a vertical to a horizontal position being the glass 16-millimeter thick (350 kgs), or a thin pane of only 2 millimeters.

Another recent example is ABB’s high-performance automated sorting and palettizing system used at the warehouse of a Hungarian state-of-the-art pasta factory, operated without manpower.

ABB’s innovative strength is built on global capabilities and reach matched with well-developed local talent and technical knowledge.

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