MARCH 5--ABB Inc. Robotic, Automotive and Manufacturing Group (Auburn Hills, MI) has signed an agreement with Braintech Inc. (www.braintech.com)to develop and market vision-guided robotic systems using Braintech's eVisionFactory to ABB's North American automotive customers. By combining ABB's industrial robotic expertise with Braintech's eVF software, ABB now has the ability and products to market and support totally engineered VGR systems to its customers for numerous automotive production applications.
Says Thomas M. Stroin, vice president of ABB's North American Robot Automation business unit, "ABB was first introduced to Braintech in Canada more than three years ago. Since that time, Braintech and ABB have codeveloped and installed systems to several automotive customers and tier one suppliers. ABB and Braintech recognize that these VGR Systems represent a new direction in automation and provide our customers with solutions that are lean, multi-purpose and highly intelligent. Using Braintech's unique approach with eVF, ABB can address the increased market demand for flexible solutions and provide the automotive companies innovative systems to handle their complex, growing production requirements."
Owen Jones, CEO of Braintech, added, "We continue to measure our progress by the expanding number of installations within our customer base. We're finding that soon after initial systems are operational our customers are ordering additional systems for the same plant or for sister plants. This proves that systems built with our eVF platform are both reliable and manageable, something custom-built systems have not traditionally been able to achieve. Now, in combination with ABB's North American sales, engineering and field service teams, we believe we will be able to achieve significant market penetration."