ABB continues to thrive in robot market

Oct 23, 2013

As a leading supplier in the industrial robotic world, ABB has been improving the product quality and worker safety for years. They offer a wide range of industrial robots to meet customers needs based on application, payload, and/or reach.


ABB is a lead­ing sup­pli­er of indus­tri­al robots through­out the world. They focus on improv­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, prod­uct qual­i­ty, and work­er safe­ty for man­u­fac­tur­ers. ABB’s key mar­kets include auto­mo­tive, plas­tics, met­al fab­ri­ca­tion, foundry, solar, con­sumer elec­tron­ics, wood, machine tools, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, and food/​beverage indus­tries. ABB is con­stant­ly striv­ing to update its robot mod­els to stay on pace with tech­no­log­i­cal demands and changes. 

ABB’s lat­est cre­ation, the IRB 6660 1003.3, is 15% faster than its coun­ter­parts. The IRB 6660 is an indus­try favorite, and this new ver­sion has an extend­ed reach to 3.35 meters. It increas­es the dis­tance between press lines and can han­dle larg­er blanks with short cycle times. This mod­el is rec­og­nized as the fastest press tend­ing robot on the mar­ket for large blanks. 

Anoth­er impres­sive new mod­el is the IRB 360 Flex­Pick­er mod­el. This robot expands the high speed pick­ing and pack­ing per­for­mance of the most wide­ly used delta robot in the indus­try, now allow­ing it to pick even heav­ier items. The IRB 360 Flex­Pick­er mod­el sim­u­lates a car­ton load­ing appli­ca­tion by pick­ing five liq­uid-filled plas­tic bot­tles in a sin­gle cycle and places them on a con­vey­or. It then uses vision guid­ance to pick the ran­dom­ly ori­ent­ed bot­tles and place them in uni­form groups back on the conveyor.

The IRB 6620LX is an indus­tri­al robot on a lin­ear gantry. Its advan­tages are those reserved for both lin­ear and 5‑axis robots, result­ing in a 6‑axis robot with a 150 kg pay­load capac­i­ty, large work enve­lope, and flex­i­bil­i­ty from its artic­u­lat­ed arm. It is main­ly used for machine tend­ing, mate­r­i­al han­dling, weld­ing, assem­bly, and grind­ing.

The Flex­Painter IRB 5500 has a unique design to earn the title of largest and most flex­i­ble robot work­ing enve­lope of any exte­ri­or car body paint robot. This mod­el reduces the air han­dling vol­ume for ven­ti­la­tion, as well as the emis­sions from booth exhausts.

ABB offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of indus­tri­al robots to meet their cus­tomers’ needs. It is as sim­ple as choos­ing a robot by appli­ca­tion, pay­load, or reach. Some pop­u­lar artic­u­lat­ed robot choic­es are the IRB 120, IRB 1520ID, IRB 4400, and IRB 6640. The IRB 6660 can be altered depend­ing on the man­u­fac­tur­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions: press tend­ing or pre machining.

The IRB 52, IRB 580, IRB 5400, and IRB 5500 are paint robots, and the IRB 360 is a par­al­lel robot.

As impor­tant as the robot mod­els is the tech­nol­o­gy that allows them to per­form their oper­a­tions. ABB also man­u­fac­tures robot soft­ware, periph­er­al equip­ment, process equip­ment, and mod­u­lar man­u­fac­tur­ing cells and service.

ABB’s force con­trol tech­nol­o­gy allows robots to be able to han­dle vari­a­tions in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process with real-time exter­nal inputs – like a human would. ABB Inte­grat­ed Force Con­trol enables the robot to react to its sur­round­ings and devi­ate from its pro­grammed path or speed based on feed­back from the force sen­sor. Automa­tion can now occur for com­plex tasks that have not been pos­si­ble before. Inte­grat­ed Force Con­trol can be used to improve robot­ic machin­ing appli­ca­tions like grind­ing, pol­ish­ing, debur­ring, and deflashing.

Robots​.com offers new and used ABB robots at a reduced price. Con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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