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ABI now offering ABB robotic bakery line


November 3, 2009
By Bakers Journal




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ABI now offering ABB robotic bakery line
ABI, a manufacturer of bakery automation equipment, now offers integrated robotic bakery lines in collaboration with ABB
Robotics.



Nov. 3, 2009, TORONTO – ABI, a manufacturer of
bakery automation equipment, now offers integrated robotic bakery lines
in collaboration with ABB
Robotics, one of the world's largest manufacturers of robots.

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The company's
integration of ABB’s advanced robotic technology increases the efficiency and
accuracy for all ABI bakery equipment solutions.

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“ABI has
always been a leader. Their exceptionally strong track record
of successful integration signaled right away its value as a partner,” said
ABB’s Mikael Packalén.

Since the partnership – forged by Packalén and ABI vice-president of business development Paul Hill – ABI has also developed strong working ties
with Barrett Technology, Cognex and Schunk, making sure that the vision systems
and end-of-arm tooling used in the bakery lines are of the highest caliber.

ABI exhibited its new robotic line advancement
at IBA, the baking industry’s largest
international trade show.

"With
robotic tools added to our automation expertise, we are setting the new
standard for equipment in the baking industry," said ABI president Alex
Kuperman. "The future of bakery
automation is here today."

At the IBA show, ABI displayed one of the many new capabilities of the robotic
system, in which any malformed or incomplete products are visually appraised and
rejected automatically, while the accepted products are placed onto carriers
for further processing. To complement the robotic inspection and placement system,
ABI also exhibited its state-of-the-art rack loading/unloading technology
along with its core competency in the bagel forming process.

In future months, ABI looks forward to expanding the
range of its robotic initiative and developing its own Cognex-based vision
system geared specifically for colour analysis in the bakery environment.
Further plans will center on expansion into other food and drug-related
industries, specifically protein, dairy and pharmaceuticals.

For more information, visit www.abiltd.com or www.abb.com/robotics.