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Overall, the event was a huge success, with the activities throughout the three days rated as excellent by those who filled in the post event survey

ABB Robotics recently took its latest step in educating UK manufacturers about the possibilities of modern robotic technology when it opened its doors for three days of demonstrations, seminars and workshops. Over 150 representatives from manufacturing, ABB partners and further and higher education attended the Engineering an Automation Nation event (, which took place in May at ABB’s Milton Keynes offices.

Primarily geared towards welding and cutting applications, the event provided an in-depth insight into the technologies available, together with advice on how to implement them encompassing selection, installation and programming.

A demonstration zone featured examples of ABB’s various robot cells, including the FlexSpot, FlexArc, FlexCutLaser, FlexFinishing and Flexlight cells. These are application-specific solutions which make it much easier for companies to make the switch to robotic automation, by helping to simplify installation and set-up and providing the flexibility needed to meet changing demands. Robot cells can represent a large investment when the time and cost of specifying, installing, and maintaining multiple pieces of integrated equipment is considered. ABB’s Flex packages come with all the necessary equipment fully pre-configured, matched and designed for the end user, offering the benefits of simple set-up, fast delivery and proven reliability.

For example, the FlexArc robot package comes with a wire feeder, DressPack, different arc welding torches, ABB Torch Service, advanced weld sensor technology as well as a weld data editor, Virtual Arc off-line weld development software and a range of different power sources interfaces to choose from.

The event also saw the official launch of ABB’s new arc and spot welding demonstration suite, which can be used by companies to test and develop new welding techniques without having to incur disruption to their own processes by doing it in-house. Products available from ABB provided by Low Voltage, PLC’s, Safety (Jokab), Electrical Vehicle and Dynamotive also featured on the shop floor.

Each day featured a full programme of seminars covering a host of topics presented by ABB specialists. These seminars included ‘Smartphone simplicity for robot users’ by ABB Global Product Manager Bertil Thorvaldsson, which explored developments in robot control technology; and ‘Safety in Motion’, where Safety Specialist Matt Swan explained how developments in safety technology are opening up new possibilities for interaction between human workers and robots.

A key aim of the event was to address concerns over the perceived complexity of owning and operating robots. To tackle these concerns, workshops were also included on robot training and offline programming using ABB’s RobotStudio software.

Another key goal was to encourage grassroots interest in the possibilities of robotic automation. Specific events were therefore incorporated into the event for lecturers, teachers, students and apprentices, highlighting the growing role that robots will play in manufacturing and the skills that will be needed to program and operate them.

Overall, the event was a huge success, with the activities throughout the three days rated as excellent by those who filled in the post event survey.

“The Engineering an Automation Nation event gave us the perfect opportunity to meet people face-to-face to show them exactly what can be achieved with modern robots and robotic systems.” says Mike Wilson, General Industry Sales and Marketing Manager, ABB Robotics UK and Ireland.

“Statistics from the International Federation of Robotics show that the UK continues to lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to investing in robotic technology. By giving us the chance to meet people at every level, from grassroots students through to senior decision-makers, events such as these can help us to meet our objective of automating the UK, one robot at a time.”

The Engineering an Automation Nation event is the latest in a series of initiatives to build awareness of the benefits that robots can bring across manufacturing applications of all types and sizes. To learn more about how to implement robotic automation into your process, or to book a place on an ABB Switch to Robots seminar, email or call 01908 350300.

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