September 19, 2019 – ABB Robotics has launched the third generation of PickMaster, its robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking and packing applications for the digital Factory of the Future.  The PickMaster Twin software is equipped with digital twin technology for the first time.

Digital twin technology allows customers to test out robotic configurations on virtual production lines before physical lines are built. When using digital twin technology, the simulated twin can be directly connected to production operations. For customers, PickMaster Twin now offers visualization of all complicated robotic maneuvers designed for flow-wrapping, tray loading, case and carton packing and handling applications.

Enabling offline programming of picking and packing tasks means users can create, simulate and test a complete robot installation in a virtual environment without having to disturb their actual production line.

PickMaster Twin also condenses the application experience with interfaces built on ABB’s AbilityZenon Operations Data Management, providing dashboards for data visualization. In addition, PickMaster Twincomplies with the OMAC PackML (packaging machine language) standard, for modern packaging machines. The PickMaster software also features online visual tuning of the workspace in both X and Y directions.

PickMaster Twin is available in a multitude of configurations and can work with all ABB robots, and a range of virtual and physical machines. Coupled with the inherent software, the PickMaster Twin is suited for factories and production lines.

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