ABB sells 5,000th robot in United Kingdom

Flexible system will support growing food automation demand

Zurich, Switzerland, July 14, 2006 - ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has announced the sale of its 5,000th robot into the United Kingdom market. The IRB 340 FlexPicker robot is one of three units that will support an advanced package handling solution for Allied Bakeries, which operates a dozen production sites across the U.K.

The new packaging line was designed and integrated by solutions provider RTS Flexible Systems. To mark the milestone, ABB Robotics U.K vice president Martin Walder recently presented a commemorative plaque to RTS managing director, David Bradford.

“I see delivery of the 5,000th robot by ABB as the start of a new initiative rather than merely a step along the way,” responded Bradford. “We look forward to working with our chosen partner, ABB, on additional solutions that support the significant automation potential in the U.K. food industry."

Anders Jonsson, head of ABB’s Robotics division, added: “This milestone validates our growing competence in delivering advanced robotics solutions to the general industries. Building upon a long tradition of leadership in automotive applications, we are helping customers in foods, foundry, plastics, electronics and other markets to achieve new levels of productivity and flexibility not available through traditional automation technologies.”

ABB sold its first robot into the United Kingdom in 1974 and estimates some 14,000 units from all suppliers are in use there today. In cooperation with systems integrators and other partners, the group has provided advanced six-axis robots to a growing range of markets. Worldwide, ABB has the largest installed base of robots, totalling more than 140,000.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 105,000 people.

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