Robots to help assemble Scania batteries

ABB has entered into an agreement with Scania to provide a range of robotic solutions for the auto giant’s new automated battery assembly plant in Sweden, which be fully operational by 2023. The plant will assemble battery modules from cells supplied by Northvolt’s battery factory in Skellefteå, with the completed packs delivered directly to the vehicle assembly hall. Multiple ABB robots will be involved in the assembly process, including IRB 390, 4600 and 6700 models.

This agreement will mark the first time ABB’s IRB 390 robot will find use in a battery production facility. Originally designed for the packing industry, the robot can mount contact plates in batteries at a rate of one plate every second, 24 hours a day. ABB’s RobotStudio simulation and programming software will enable full verification of the production line prior to deployment, which will significantly shorten lead times and support the quality process.

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