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ABB introduces high payload IRB 8700 robot

ABB IRB 8700 robotABB Robotics has introduced its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The IRB 8700 robot has a reach of 3.5m and is capable of handling a payload of up to 800kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID).

Designed for the ultimate in uptime, reliability and reduced maintenance, ABB says the IRB 8700 provides the lowest total cost of ownership among competitor high payload robot models. The IRB 8700 robot is targeted for material handling applications in the automotive, transportation and other heavy industries.

“When designing the IRB 8700, we focused on combining ABB’s largest ever model with an unusually long reach for a robot in the high payload class,” says John Bubnikovich, vice president for sales and marketing at ABB Robotics. “Utilising ABB’s superior motion control technology at high moments of inertia, the IRB 8700 robot automatically adapts and adjusts its speed to accommodate heavy and wide parts.

“With a compact footprint, optimised counterweight, parallel linkages, stiff axes and fewer drive motors, the IRB 8700 keeps its momentum down and speed up, providing unmatched agility and performance.”

ABB’s largest ever robot, the IRB 8700 offers all the functionality and expertise of the ABB portfolio in a much bigger package. The IRB 8700 has only one motor and one gear per robot axis, while most other robots in this size class use dual motors and/or gears. In addition, there are no gas springs; only a reliable counterweight and mechanical springs for counter balancing. Together these design elements mean the IRB 8700 has fewer components and is able to deliver shorter cycle times and higher accuracy. ABB says this makes the IRB 8700 25% faster than any comparable competitor robots in its payload range.

The IRB 8700 is available in two configurations, one with a reach of 4.2m and a payload of 550kg (620kg with the wrist down; 475kg with LeanID), and the other with a reach of 3.5m and a payload of 800kg (1000kg with the wrist down; 630kg with LeanID). Both configurations of IRB 8700 are available with LeanID, a cost-effective Integrated Dressing (ID) designed for easier programming, reduced wear and a smaller footprint. Both configurations of the IRB 8700 also have a high moment of inertia at 725kgm2.

Visit the ABB Robotics website for more information on the IRB 8700

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