ABB Pushes Industry 5.0 Opens New Line in China

ABB LV Installation Materials Co., Ltd. Beijing celebrated a new milestone today with the official opening of an automated flexible miniature circuit breaker (MCB) production line. Particularly, the factory is a showcase for advanced principles within the concept of Industry 5.0. The new enhanced manufacturing capabilities applying the latest automation, digital and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques are expected to boost production, availability, and quality of MCBs for ABB’s extensive customer network.

MCB production line official inauguration ceremony (Image Credit: ABB)

Comprehensive Management of Manufacturing Line

Accordingly, the new production line provides greater production flexibility through the extensive application of visual recognition and flexible feeding technology. Hence, keeping different loads running through the production.

These reduce the product changeover time to less than five minutes and enables the production of all types of S200 miniature circuit breakers within one line. At the same time, the flexible transfer system improves the laser printing process and maximizes the process capability. Furthermore, 20 percent of the upgrade space suits future production capability improvements. Hence, will significantly improve supply availability and help manage costs for customers.

ABB LV Installation Materials Co., Ltd. Beijing (Image Credit: ABB)

The line also features increased stability and efficiency – seven ABB robots and 16 custom automation devices increase line efficiency. AI technology helps position identification and print inspection of box loading and unloading. Hence, effectively improving the stability and reliability of the manufacturing process.

The installation of ABB’s latest manufacturing execution system enables a comprehensive management throughout the entire manufacturing process.

Attending the event, which also marked the opening of the ABB Smart Buildings Customer Experience Center, were government officials from the Beijing Municipal Government and senior ABB executives. Particularly, they were Lucy Han, Head of Global Product Group Building and Home Automation Solutions and Aldo Sciacca, Head of Global Product Group Energy Distribution, both from ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings Division, and James Zhao, Senior Vice President of ABB China, along with a large number of customers and partners.

ABB Smart Buildings Customer Experience Center (Image Credit: ABB)

Focuses Decarbonization, Too

Welcoming the new production line, Mike Mustapha, President of ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings Division, said, “China is the second largest market in the world for ABB and a key market for the Smart Buildings Division. With its openness to new technology adoption and speed of execution, China offers many opportunities for business growth. As we continue to invest in China, we are committed to bringing our latest products and technologies to the local market and beyond in close collaboration with our partners to create more safe, smart, and sustainable buildings for tomorrow’.”

Flexible picking (Image Credit: ABB)

The newly unveiled ABB Smart Buildings Digital Technology Customer Experience Center provides an interactive space for customers to experience ABB’s decarbonization program, Mission to Zero™ and smart technology digital solutions. Meanwhile, the upgraded showroom uses ABB i-bus® KNX intelligent building control system and integrates with visual intercom, CCTV, facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, proximity sensing voice control and other latest technology applications.

Moreover, it showcases ABB’s low-voltage intelligent energy distribution, building automation technology and solutions in residential, industrial, renewable energy, data center, utility infrastructure and other scenarios.