ABB Robotics, which is a leader in the supply of industrial robots, is planning to showcase an assorted range of general industry robots at Chicago’s Automate 2011 to be held from March 21st to 24th at the McCormick Place.
They would exhibit the well-liked IRB 1600ID along with the new IRB 2600, the IRB 580, the IRC5 Compact Controller, the IRB 120 and the latest IRB 26001D designed chiefly for material handling. Jokab Safety’s safety fencing and custom electronic machine safety components would also be on display. Jokab Safety is a business unit belonging to the ABB Low Voltage Products division. ABB would be displaying all these robots in Booth #160 and include robotic automation applications that handle welding, packaging, material handling, assembly, painting and machine tending.
The IRB 580 is an economical and extremely flexible paint robot that offers the best in small footprint precision by uniting a compact design with the advanced functions available in the larger ABB paint robots, and is being offered in two versions: the long horizontal arm (1620mm) and the short arm (1220mm). ABB’s popular Lite-Brite is also being demonstrated here and would display its speed, path accuracy and robotic programming agility including an interaction with the IRB 1600 robot, which moves on a huge pin at different speeds inside a snugly aligned grid consisting of light bulbs fixed to the speedily moving arm of the IRB 2600 robot system.
ABB’s miniature multipurpose robot, the IRB 120, which includes all the functions of its larger robots in its compact and low- cost model, is also being showcased. This robot gives accuracy, speed and agility to a wide range of applications needing a smaller profile and footprint. Its compact weight of 25 kg and a standard payload of 3 kg, a 4 kg vertical wrist payload with a reach of 580 mm, a superior in class stroke of 411 mm with a capacity to reach 112 mm below the base level all helps to improve its functionality. It also features the IRC5 compact controller. The IRB 2600ID, which is an integrated Dress Pack (ID) model features a 15 kg payload with a 1.85 m reach and it also has a flexible conduit located in its upper arm or wrist used for fully integrating the process equipment with the robot or routing hoses and cables for signals, power and air. This is supported by the IRB 2600 family features such as flexible mounting options, superior speed, unmatched path repeatability, and an increased work envelope. This robot is specifically created for handling a broad range of machine tending and material handling applications. To ABB goes the credit of being the only robot suppliers to offer a medium sized robot in both ID and Standard models. According to Joe Campbell, ABB’s Vice President, the company was thrilled to launch the latest IRB 2600ID in Automate 2011, which is one of the biggest events in automation technologies in North America.