ABB and SVIA to display a compact vision guided robotic machine tending cell at Houstex 2015, Feb 24-26 in Houston

ABB has also opened a 21,000 square foot facility in Houston to better support area customers with the latest robotic manufacturing technology

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (February 17, 2015) - ABB Robotics and SVIA Industrial Automation will exhibit a compact robotic machine tending cell at Houstex 2015 (Booth # 1954), February 24-26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Houstex 2015 will feature over 200 exhibitors highlighting the latest manufacturing technologies, many with live product demonstrations.

The compact machine tending cell is a pre-engineered robotic system designed to load and unload machine tools using a vision guided ABB robot. Designed for both small batch and high volume production, the robotic system can increase spindle utilization over manual machine tending processes. The system is designed for small parts and compatible with a wide range of machine tools, and comes complete with a robot controller inside a fully integrated control cabinet, and software for efficient setup and programming. Depending on the machine tool process and the size range of the parts, the cell can be equipped with either an IRB 1600 or IRB 2600 robot.

ABB Robotics has recently opened a 21,000 square foot facility in Houston to better support customers in Houston and surrounding areas with the latest robotic manufacturing technology, especially in CNC Machining and Metal Fabrication applications. In addition to accelerated product delivery schedules, the new facility and its staff will allow ABB to better serve the market with local application support and product training, more closely helping customers improve their productivity with robotic automation. The facility will house an array of live robotic demos so customers and prospects can better learn first-hand how various systems can improve their operation.

"Houston and the oil and gas industry are important to ABB, and our growing presence in the region will help us better serve the growing demand the market has for industrial robotics," said Keith Fox, vice president, ABB Robotics. "ABB is committed to helping our customers improve their manufacturing processes by offering world class automation technology and expertise."

The new Houston facility is located on 7210 Empire Central; the phone number is 281-210-0223.

About ABB
ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.

About ABB Robotics
ABB Robotics ( is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing
robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 250,000 robots worldwide.

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