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A new automated flexible miniature circuit breaker production line has been opened by ABB in Beijing, China.

The ABB LV Installation Materials factory, a production hub in China for the critical safety components in electrical circuits, 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 customer network.

The new production line provides greater production flexibility through the extensive application of visual recognition and flexible feeding technology that keeps different loads running through the production.

These reduce the product change-over time to less than five minutes and enables the production of all types of S200 miniature circuit breakers within one line and at the same time, the flexible transfer system improves the laser printing process and maximizes the process capability; 20 per cent of the upgrade space is designed for future production capability improvements. This is expected to significantly improve supply availability and help manage costs for customers.

The line also features increased stability and efficiency – seven ABB robots and 16 custom automation devices increase line efficiency substantially. AI technology is applied to position identification and print inspection of box loading and unloading to effectively improve the stability and reliability of the manufacturing process. The installation of ABB’s latest manufacturing execution system enable.

“China is the second largest market in the world for ABB and a key market for the Smart Buildings Division,” Mike Mustapha, president of ABB electrification’s smart buildings division, said. “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.”

The newly unveiled ABB Smart Buildings Digital Technology Customer Experience Centre provides an interactive space for customers to experience ABB’s decarbonisation program, Mission to Zero and smart technology digital solutions. 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. It showcases ABB’s low-voltage intelligent energy distribution, building automation technology and solutions in residential, industrial, renewable energy, data centre, utility infrastructure and other scenarios.

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