ABB robotics display becomes the most popular exhibit at China Science and Technology Museum

ABB supports science education and showcases modern robotic technology

Beijing, November 17, 2009 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has supplied its advanced industrial robots for the new hall of the China Science and Technology Museum. With a creative theme and interactive program, the ABB robots have become the highlight of the museum. The presentation allows the audience, especially young visitors, to experience the excitement of robotic technology, providing an informative and memorable science lesson.

Tormod Gunleiksrud, head of ABB’s Robotics Division, North Asia Region and China, said, “As the pioneer and global leader in robotic technology, ABB possesses the broadest range of technology and services, with more than 160,000 units installed worldwide. We are honored to work with Beijing’s world-class science museum to present ABB’s advanced robotic technology. We are enthusiastic at the prospect of sharing our knowledge with the public and inspiring young people to become future innovators.”

The ABB display, with a theme of “My Production Line,” is located in the Science, Technology, and Life Hall. The exhibit comprises two IRB 140 and two IRB1410 robots, and is able to perform three functions: welcoming the visitors, drawing a picture of them, and then autographing it. The program simulates a completely automated production line, providing the audience with a close-up experience of the entire manufacturing process.

As the visitors enter the exhibition area, the two IRB 1410 welcome the audience with both words and gestures, demonstrating their capacity for intelligent coordination and accurate path following. In the drawing program, a camera captures a person’s image, which the two IRB 140 robots jointly reproduce on a drawing board with the help of multiple sensors, displaying their scalability and flexibility. Finally, the industrial control device records each visitor as he or she signs the sensor device. The IRB 1410 robots then re-sign the name onto the drawing, highlighting their superb coordination. The entire process takes less than five minutes to complete.

The IRB 140 and IRB 1410 are representatives of ABB’s large family of industrial robots. They are widely applied in arc welding, injection molding, packaging, material handling and other production process. The IRB 140 is a robust six-axis robot featuring a high acceleration speed, a large work area, and a high bearing capacity. The IRB 1410 has a long history in arc welding, material handling and other production applications. ABB has installed more than 14,000 IRB 1410 units since 1992.

The China market is integral to ABB’s robotics business. In 2006, ABB relocated its Global Robotics Business headquarters to Shanghai. The company also established its Global Robotics Research Center in Shanghai in 2005. To date, ABB is the only multinational company to produce industrial robots in China, operating a full range of business activities including manufacturing, R&D, sales, engineering and services. This May, ABB Engineering (Shanghai) inaugurated a new multi-business manufacturing facility in Shanghai, doubling ABB’s manufacturing capacity for robotic products in China.

The new hall of the China Science and Technology Museum is located in the Olympic National Park in Beijing. It took three years to complete construction with a total investment of around RMB2 billion. Officially opened this September, the new building has a total floor space of 40,000 square meters, and five exhibition halls named “Science Paradise,” “Light of China,” “Exploration & Discovery,” “Science & Technology and Life,” and “Challenge and Future.” There are over 800 standing exhibits, making it one of the world’s premier science and technology museums.

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 120,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 15,000 employees, 27 joint ventures and wholly owned companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 60 cities.

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