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Integrating robotics solutions into EcoStruxureTM smart machines

27 April 2018

Sta¨ubli Robotics, an international player in robotics automation, and Schneider Electric signed an agreement to integrate customised Sta¨ubli TS series four axis SCARA robots into Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine architecture and platform.

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture and platform. It delivers innovation at every level across connected products, edge control, and apps, analytics, and services, with domain expertise in machinery to enable smart machines by combining products and software packages into automation solutions for OEM machine builders. 

Sta¨ubli Robotics develops specialised, professional robotics solutions for every industry, including electronics, medical, automotive, food, plastics processes, mechanics, and painting. It offers a unique and comprehensive line of four axis TP fast pickers and TS SCARA robots, as well as six axis TX and TX2 collaborative robots. 

Schneider Electric is integrating a customised version of the Sta¨ubli TS series four axis SCARA robots into its solution portfolio. Labelled Lexium STS series, these robots will now be fully integrated into the architecture of Schneider Electric ´s leading PacDrive motion control solution. 

There are two main benefits this integration brings to industrial customers – firstly programming robot movements becomes much simpler by using a common programming language standardised on IEC 61131-3 – time taken for familiarisation with special robotics programming languages becomes a thing of the past. Secondly, and related, are the benefits of omitting proprietary robot control from the hardware installation of an automation system – this reduces the number of interfaces, the wiring effort and the installation space required.

“This cooperation is generating far-reaching benefits for both partners,” said Gerald Vogt, Group Division Manager, Sta¨ubli Robotics. “We are excited to be working with Schneider Electric and to be able to benefit from its strong market positioning in industries such as machine building and to work together to bring our offers to machine builders that need complete automation solutions.” 

“Our EcoStruxure architecture and platform is built on a foundation of openness which is reinforced by this partnership,” said Ali Haj Fraj, SVP Machine Solutions, Industry Business Schneider Electric. “Integrating Sta¨ubli robotics will accelerate the execution of EcoStruxure Machine, our machine-centric automation architecture that enables machine builders to design smart machines through advanced digital technologies and open standards and so reduce their time-to-market and engineering costs, while improving machine performance.”

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