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About ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation

ABB Robotics

In this era of almost unlimited product options the need to efficiently serve a wide range of customer preferences is a critical challenge facing food and beverage, healthcare and consumer product manufacturers.  The resulting shift toward high mix, low volume production in shorter cycles must be accomplished without compromising cost, quality and delivery. In order to achieve the necessary production flexibility manufacturers are increasingly finding that the unmatched agility of robotic automation is the solution.

At the Pack Expo Connects Virtual Expo 2020, ABB will showcase technological innovations that provide the engineering and commissioning efficiency to package more products on the same lines, switch between products with minimal downtime, and quickly ramp up to full-production speed for new products.

ABB’s core robotic packaging solutions include the following:

High Speed Picking

  • For reliable high-speed robotic pick-and-place functionality, ABB sets the pace with the IRB 360 FlexPicker™, the most widely used Delta robot in the industry. The 6 kg and 8 kg models handle higher payloads with greater working depths and are able to pick-and-place up to 500 products per minute.  Along with the 1 kg and 3 kg FlexPickers, all variations are available in sanitary models, ideal for direct food handling or pharmaceutical applications, including a hygienic design for wash down applications and an IP69K rated stainless model.


  • The IRB 390 FlexPacker will be introduced later this year. Available as a four-and five-axis variant delta robot, it is 35 percent faster than the IRB 360-8/1130 FlexPicker, with a 45 percent increase in reachable volume and payload of up to 15 kg. Ideal for secondary packaging and higher payload applications, with the speed and flexibility to support Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) and Retail Ready Packaging (RRP). Possible uses include secondary packaging in food (dry and wet), beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, pet care (food and more), CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) and logistics.


  • ABB has a complete line of robots for packing items of all sizes into cartons or boxes.  The 6-axis robot portfolio includes the IRB 1200, a compact robot with a large work envelope for high-speed packing of smaller items, and an array of higher payload models for larger items. ABB's unique vision-aided conveyor tracking facilitates continuous production flows and packing on the fly.

Palletizing and Depalletizing

  • ABB mixed load palletizing and depalletizing systems provide flexible solutions to efficiently handle the most complex load mixes and meet surges of peak demand. The palletizing software builds an optimal pallets on-the-fly, analyzing case dimensions, weight and fragility. With ABB 3D vision the depalletizing system can adapt to an infinite variation of boxes while decanting 400+ cartons per hour.  The compact footprint of both systems makes efficient use of warehouse space.

New for 2020, the integration between ABB and B&R Industrial Automation is now complete - bringing end-to-end solutions to packaging and processing machine builders and end users

PMMI Member


  • FlexGripper
  • FlexPacker
  • FlexPicker
  • PickMaster
  • RobotStudio

Product Categories

Vertical Markets

  • Beverage > Beer
  • Beverage > Coffee
  • Beverage > Dairy
  • Beverage > Drinks, nonalcoholic (energy, sport, etc.)
  • Beverage > Juice
  • Beverage > Powdered beverages
  • Beverage > Soft drinks
  • Beverage > Spirits/liquors
  • Beverage > Tea
  • Beverage > Water
  • Beverage > Wine
  • Food > Bakery/Snack
  • Food > Cereals, Breakfast Foods
  • Food > Confection/Candy
  • Food > Dairy
  • Food > Frozen/refrigerated foods
  • Food > Fruits, Vegetables (Fresh, Canned, Frozen)
  • Food > Grains, Seeds, Beans, Flour, Nuts
  • Food > Ingredients
  • Food > Meat/Poultry/Seafood
  • Food > Nutraceutical, Vitamin, Dietary Supplement
  • Food > Pet Food/Pet Care
  • Food > Prepared Foods
  • Food > Soups/Condiments/Sauces/Spices/Dips/Dressings
  • Healthcare > Biological/Biopharmaceutical
  • Healthcare > Cannabis products
  • Healthcare > Medical Devices
  • Healthcare > Medical/Dental Instruments or Supplies
  • Healthcare > Over-the-counter products
  • Healthcare > Pharmaceutical
  • Household/Automotive > Detergents/cleaners
  • Household/Automotive > Household/auto chemicals
  • Household/Automotive > Tissues and paper towels
  • Other packaged products > Building/Construction/Home Improvement Products
  • Other packaged products > Cannabis products
  • Other packaged products > Chemical
  • Other packaged products > Consumer Electronics and Appliances
  • Other packaged products > Hardware/Tools
  • Other packaged products > Paper/Printing
  • Other packaged products > Pet Food/Pet Care
  • Other packaged products > Textiles/Apparel/Footwear
  • Other packaged products > Tobacco/Smoking Products
  • Other packaged products > Warehouse Distribution/e-commerce

Languages Spoken


Export Guide

Exports: Yes

International Business: Agents/Distributors,Licensing Agreements

Marketed Regions:

  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Central and South Asia
  • Eastern and Southeast Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Northern Africa
  • Oceania Pacific
  • South America
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Europe

Marketed Countries:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • United States

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