ABB released the 3/2022 edition of ABB Review, the company’s technical journal. The lead topic for this quarter is “better decisions,” examining the decision making benefits of digital solutions throughout the enterprise, from the boardroom to the plant floor. As decision makers need to understand and analyze data quickly and accurately, ABB provides a broad variety of technical solutions to support them.
ABB’s RobotStudio, the world’s most-used simulation and offline programming tool for robotics is such a solution. The RobotStudio AR Viewer app is an augmented reality (AR) application for mobile devices that visualizes, in the real environment, the industrial robots configured beforehand in RobotStudio. The AR features enable precise positioning of a robot on the shop floor, which contributes to a better understanding of how it will fit into the space, helping to speed the planning of manufacturing processes.
The ABB Ability portfolio of digital solutions, a collection of more than 170 IoT offerings serving commercial and industrial customers in a wide range of settings is also referenced in the new edition. Combining software innovation with connectivity, ABB Ability helps the company’s customers to improve countless decisions across an enterprise to drive greater productivity, enhance agility and lower emissions. The new ABB Ability™ Energy and Asset Manager cloud solution is one such example described in the new ABB Review. It is accessible from any location and any connected device and optimizes the energy consumption of data centers, among other facilities.
“Traditionally, operators took decisions based on gut instinct, born of long experience and formal training,” writes ABB CEO Björn Rosengren in the issue’s opening pages. “Today, data-mining techniques and artificial intelligence are helping operators take better decisions by making available a wealth of information that was previously inaccessible.”
ABB Review has been in continuous publication since 1914, making it one of the longest-running corporate journals of any kind. A perennial source of technical inspiration and education, ABB Review presents some of the company’s most cutting-edge innovations across scientific and technological domains in a raft of commercial and industrial contexts, setting out the unique point of view of ABB researchers, engineers and technicians on key technology trends and topics.