Oct 5, 2020

ABB: A New Fleet of High-Speed Industrial Robots

Supply Chain
Oliver Freeman
3 min
Factory 4.0 concept
Through the acquisition of Codian Robotics B.V., the ABB Group, a pioneering technology leader, has adopted revolutionary, tech-enhanced robots...

On the 1st October 2020, ABB Group acquired Codian Robotics B.V., known for their cutting-edge, industry-leading delta robots. Robots, we should add, created for the sake of high-precision pick and place applications. Codian Robotics’ efforts are particularly popular in hygiene-sensitive industries, including food and beverage, as well as pharmaceutical sectors, due to their hygiene design line of robots. This marks a special moment for ABB, as an acquisition that furthers their own advancement into “the growing field of delta robots.” 

What is a Delta Robot? 

A delta robot is essentially the tripod of the robotic and automation world. It’s a type of parallel robot that feature three arms, within which there are parallelograms to maintain orientation, which are attached to universal joins at the base of the hardware. 

“Our acquisition underscores our focus on breakthrough technology, helping our customers to fully realize the potential of automation and increase their flexibility in a rapidly changing business landscape,” said Sami Atiya, President of ABB Robotics & Discrete Automation. “Codian Robotics’ technologies and industry expertise are the perfect addition to our suite of food and beverage, pharmaceutical, service robotics and logistics solutions, while also supporting ABB’s machine-centric robotics offering.” 

“Over the years, we have developed an extensive product portfolio. ABB’s impressive global presence and industry expertise will help us make our portfolio available globally. I am looking forward to working together to write the next chapter of our success story,” said Freek Hartman, Founder of Codian Robotics.

As it stands, the majority of robots that companies use in the food and beverage industry are simply not designed for direct contact with food. What Codian Robotics’ portfolio brings to the market, is a range of robots that feature hygiene-orientated materials and technology that allows them to be used in safe, open food processing roles ─ which is a massive leap forward for an industry that previously required hands-on, manual work in most sectors. 

“There is a strong need for pick and place robots that ensure high hygienic standards, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our food and beverage, pharmaceutical and logistics customers are particularly interested in the potential of automation, enabling supply chains to continue to function, while protecting employee welfare,” added Atiya.

Going forward, ABB intends to provide solutions for customers and clients alike that bring a wider range of delta robots and integrated solutions to the table. This is further advance the companies machine-centric robotics strategy, which is wholly focused on creating machine automation and robot control which can be integrated into a single platform. 

Hans Wimmer, President of ABB’s Machine Automation division and Managing Director of B&R, said: “With Codian Robotics we are acquiring one of the world’s most successful suppliers of delta robots with an extraordinary track record in the machine builders’ sector. In the future, we will be able to offer our customers fully integrated solutions – globally and for all industries.”

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Jun 18, 2021

New speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live

2 min
Two leading executives join the lineup for this September’s inaugural supply chain and procurement live event, Procurement & Supply Chain Live

Two leading executives in supply chain transformation have been confirmed for this year's Procurement & Supply Chain Live event. 

Procurement & Supply Chain Live is the perfect opportunity to hear from prominent executives at the world’s leading procurement and supply chain businesses. The event will be streamed live from Tobacco Dock, London via the leading networking platform Brella.

CLICK HERE to sign up for Procurement & Supply Chain Live today and enjoy special early bird rates

The three-day show, running 28-30 September 2021, is an essential deep dive into the industry, with influential speakers sharing insights and strategies from their organisations, group roundtable discussions, and fireside chats. 

We take a look at the latest additions to the already amazing lineup of speakers announced so far, and what they will bring to the flagship event.

Shaun Plunkett 

VP Global Supply Chain at Macmillan Education Ltd

Shaun Plunkett

Shaun Plunkett has over 30 years of supply chain leadership experience in FMCG, entertainment and media sectors, supporting multi-billion euro businesses including Universal Music, EMI, Sony Music, Harper Collins and Associated British Foods. He has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change coupled with award winning operating models and developing and coaching global teams. Plunkett says that challenging the status quo is at the heart of what drives him on a daily basis - and encouraging others to continuously push the boundaries. 

Read more about Plunkett’s involvement in Macmillan Education’s supply chain transformation HERE

Vikram Singla

Digital Transformation Lead, Oracle UK and Board Member, CILT at Macmillan Education Ltd

Vikram Singla

Vikram Singla is digital transformation director at Oracle, UK. He helps supply chain and finance business leaders leverage technology to deliver meaningful business outcomes for their organisations. He also serves on the board if CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) – UK and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglian Ruskin University. Singla has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, and in global supply chain transformation, including deploying business transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. In his spare time, Singla is a passionate brand ambassador for Cancer Research.


Plunkett and Singla join a growing line-up of speakers, including: Sheri R. Hinish, IBM; Robert Copeland, G4S; Daniel Weise, BCG; Mark Bromley, Mastercard; David Loseby, Rolls Royce; and Ninian Wilson, Vodafone Procurement Company. 

CLICK HERE to secure your place at Procurement & Supply Chain Live

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