By July 8, 2014 Read More →

Compact robot makes machines smaller and faster

Today’s requirements in the production environment include machines that are smaller and which offer reduced cycle times. ABB Robotics reports that it can help in both of these areas, with the new IRB 1200 robot aimed at applications such as materials handling and machine tending. Featuring a particularly compact design, the IRB 1200 is available in two variants: a 700mm reach variant which can carry a payload of up to 7kg, and a longer reach 900mm variant that can carry up to 5kg.

140708_ABB_2Targeting applications that demand flexibility, ease of use, compactness and short cycle times while still maintaining large working envelopes, ABB says the IRB 1200 can help make machines 15 percent smaller and 10 percent faster. As a complete solution, the IRB 1200 excels in situations that require a compact package without sacrificing working range or functionality. With no offset in axis two, it can achieve a longer stroke than other robots, enabling it to be placed very close to the work piece and still be functional.

One particular benefit of this long stroke is that it allows for a much more compact installation when the robot is mounted on the ceiling inside a small cell, such as in electronics machining or polishing applications.

The IRB 1200 has been designed to be easy to integrate. Both variants can be mounted at any angle and come with IP 40 protection as standard. IP 67 protection is also available as an option. Electrical and air connections can be made to the robot via side ports or an underline option. In addition, an Ethernet port makes it easy to integrate with other equipment. These connections are routed internally on the robot from very close to the wrist flange all the way to the foot, thus enhancing the compactness of the package.

Another key feature is the use of smooth surfaces, making the IRB 1200 easy to keep clean and maintain in environments such as CNC machine tending and materials handling in the food industry.

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