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ABB Adds Integrated Dress Pack Model to Mid-Size Robot Family

ABB Robotics has added an Integrated Dress pack (ID) model to its IRB 2600 range of mid-sized material handling robots, introducing the 1.85 m reach, 15 kg payload IRB 2600ID. The larger payload IRB 2600ID model features a flexible conduit in its upper arm/wrist for routing cables and hoses for signals, air and power, fully integrating the process equipment with the robot. Supported by IRB 2600 family performance features, such as speed, flexible mounting options, an increased work envelope and path repeatability, the newest IRB 2600ID model is specifically designed for a range of material handling and machine tending applications. ABB offers a mid-size robot in both standard and ID models, the company said.

"With the internally routed dress pack, the movement of the hoses and cables is completely predictable, allowing the IRB 2600ID to operate at maximum speeds and simplifying off-line programming," said a company spokesperson. "Without needing to account for swinging cables when simulating robot systems, the time required for fine-tuning programs is minimized by up to 90%. With the increased payload, including a total upper arm load of 26 kg, the IRB 2600ID is suited for applications including case packing, carton handling, process tray handling, small format palletizing, plastic injection molding, machine tool tending, die cast machine tending and, with a 'Foundry Plus 2' protection option, many foundry machine tending applications. The IRB 2600ID can be mounted in multiple configurations and features a work envelope that extends well below its baseline, making it suited for machine mounted applications."

"The emerging trend in industrial robotic design is for process equipment to be fully integrated with the robot, but until now ID robots have been designed only for arc welding," said Joe Campbell, Vice President of the ABB Robot Products Group in the US. "The higher payload IRB 2600ID model is unique to ABB. Now a wide range of users will have a low maintenance, high performance, mid-size robot option for material handling and machine tending applications."

"Hoses and cables firmly secured and protected inside the robot arm and wrist swing far less during operation, reducing their exposure to cutting fluids and other sources of overall wear," the spokesperson said. "This increases the working life of the cables and hoses and improves the robot's predictable motion, allowing it to work in narrow spaces and around parts of a complex geometry on which the dressing could otherwise catch. Cable and hose replacement costs are decreased by 75% and up to three production stops per year can be eliminated.

"With its compact design and without loose hoses and cables the IRB 2600ID has a very small footprint, with a swing base radius of only 337 mm and a base width of only 511 mm. The reduced risk of interference with other robots allows for productive, high-density installations with 50% more robots and up to 50% higher output from a typical production cell. ABB's patented Quick-Move motion control software ensures that maximum acceleration is used at all times and that cycle times are consistently shorter.

"The IRB 2600 robot family, first introduced in Q4 2010, is the latest of ABB's medium capacity range of multipurpose robots. The 15 kg, 1.85m IRB 2600ID is available with ABB's well proven IRC5 Robot Controller."

For more information contact:

ABB Robotics, Inc.

1250 Brown Road

Auburn Hills, MI 48326


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