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IP67 protection opens up new uses for ABB’s smallest, fastest robot

10 January, 2020

ABB has announced an IP67-rated version of its smallest and fastest industrial robot – the IRB 1100 – as well as a matching IP54-protected controller. The IP67 protection will allow the robot to be used in applications that generate dust, water and debris, such as polishing, wet grinding, buffing and deburring.

The robot can handle payloads of up to 4kg and is claimed to offer the best repeatability in its class. It is available with a reach of either 475mm or 580mm. The entire body has an IP67 rating, with all electrical components being sealed against contaminants.

The matching OmniCore C90XT controller is said to bring best-in-class motion control and path accuracy to harsh environments. ABB says that it is the smallest high-protection-class industrial robot controller on the market. Its IP54 protection allows it to be installed near dirty, wet and dusty processes. There is internal space to accommodate extra equipment for communications, conveyor tracking and external axes.

ABB 's IP54 industrial robot controller (left) and IP67-protected robot open up new applications

“The IRB 1100 has consistently outperformed similar robots in payload and position repeatability, while our OmniCore controller is already recognised for its best-in-class path accuracy and cycle times,” says Steve Wyatt, head of portfolio and digital at ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation. “Now with an enhanced protection rating for harsh environments, the IRB 1100 and C90XT controller are ready to take on the toughest workplaces, while maintaining the high standards of reliability and fast cycle times that our customers’ demand.”

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