ABB Robotics has launched the third generation of PickMaster®, its market leading robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking and packing applications for the digital Factory of the Future
The new PickMaster Twin software is equipped with digital twin technology for the first time, to shorten commissioning times from days to hours and cut changeover periods from hours to minutes. Digital twin technology allows customers to test out robotic configurations on virtual production lines before physical lines are built.
When using the technology, the simulated twin can be directly connected to production operations, which allows the picking process to be optimized virtually at the same time as the process is being implemented. PickMaster Twin now offers greater flexibility and visualization of all complicated robotic maneuvers designed for flow-wrapping, tray loading, case and carton packing and handling applications.
Enabling offline programming of picking and packing tasks means users can create, simulate and test a complete robot installation in a virtual environment without disturbing their actual production line.