B&R and ABB, the Automation Pioneers Unveil Futuristic Retail Solutions at Interpack 2023

ABB and B&R

In a remarkable event of cutting-edge technology, ABB, a major global technology firm, and B&R, a leading provider of retail automation solutions, teamed up to unveil their innovative automated solutions at the prestigious Interpack 2023 exhibition. The Interpack 2023 exhibition was held in Düsseldorf, Germany, bringing together industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts to explore the future of packaging and retail.

B&R and ABB’s collaboration seeks to revolutionize the retail landscape by introducing a wide range of packaging automation solutions, showcasing how automation can handle the complex production and logistical challenges of omnichannel retailing. The collaborative display featured a wide range of innovative technologies, including automated package handling systems, intelligent track systems [ACOPOStrak, SuperTrak and ACOPOS 6D], machine vision solutions, robotic picking systems, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) [ABB’s IRB FlexPacker® series (360, 390)], and advanced digital programming and simulation software[including PickMaster® Twin and ABB’s RobotStudio® Palletizing PowerPac].

The lineup of track-based and planar product transport systems from B&R, including the ACOPOStrak, SuperTrak, and ACOPOS 6D, was one of the exhibition’s major highlights. These cutting-edge systems have been specifically produced to support new-age production concepts such as adaptive manufacturing. The ACOPOS 6D, in particular, played a pivotal role, as it was incorporated into 18 adaptive machines displayed at the various stands in the event. Machine vision solutions were another standout feature, offering powerful optical inspection capabilities. These systems make use of advanced cameras and image processing algorithms to carry out quality checks, identify defects, and guarantee proper packaging accuracy. Through machine vision, manufacturers can attain higher levels of quality control and reduce wastage of product. The use of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in packing operations was another focus of B&R and ABB’s partnership. These robots navigate autonomously inside the manufacturing environment, carrying out tasks such as material handling and inventory management. Also, virtual prototyping and testing of packaging automation systems are made possible by their digital programming and simulation software.

The robotic and automation solutions provided by ABB and B&R offer high levels of versatility, enabling swift response to shifting consumer expectations. These solutions can be easily reprogrammed and reconfigured to account for variations in product sizes, types, and packaging specifications. As a result, businesses are able cater the specific requirements of various market segments and act swiftly to shifting trends and customer preferences. Furthermore, the integration of advanced robotics and automation technologies improves throughput in picking and packing operations while minimizing errors and labor costs. In the dynamic landscape of modern retail, businesses may optimize their operations, improve customer satisfaction and remain competitive by embracing these innovative robotics and automation technologies.

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