Superior Quality Welds and High Density Machine Tending with the New ABB IRB 1660ID

Jun 22, 2016

ABB listened to the customer's needs when building the ABB IRB 1660 ID robot. The ABB IRB 1660 ID robot was created to be fast and agile while also producing a top quality product on arc welding production lines. The 1660 ID is now a reliable robot seen on production lines across the globe; it is the perfect solution for high-robot density workcells and confined spaces.

ABB IRB 1660ID robot

ABB made sure to answer their customer’s requests and demands when design­ing the new ABB IRB 1660ID. Late nights and intel­li­gent minds came togeth­er to cre­ate a robot that would increase pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, reduce cycle times, and deliv­er bet­ter work piece qual­i­ty. Accord­ing to Dr. Hui Zhang, Head of Glob­al Prod­uct Man­age­ment for ABB Robot­ics, The ulti­mate goal was to cre­ate a supe­ri­or robot that pro­duced con­sis­tent qual­i­ty in arc weld­ing, as well as offer a fast, agile and reli­able machine tend­ing solution.”

Their dream and hard work became a real­i­ty with the new 1660ID. The desired out­come was not only achieved, but achieved with over­whelm­ing success. 

Customer’s demands have tru­ly been answered with the new, incred­i­bly fast, and ridicu­lous­ly agile ABB 1660ID robot. As men­tioned, the ABB 1660ID was designed for high­ly accu­rate, fast, and repeat­able path move­ments for cus­tomers seek­ing unre­strict­ed acces­si­bil­i­ty to gain max­i­mum productivity.

It is one of the most ver­sa­tile robots in its mid-size class and can pro­duce qual­i­ty arc weld­ing and reli­able machine tend­ing, espe­cial­ly for high-robot-den­si­ty work cells and/​or con­fined spaces. 

In addi­tion, As a direct result of close col­lab­o­ra­tion with our cus­tomers, the IRB 1660ID also includes a new gen­er­a­tion of accu­rate, effi­cient and reli­able motors,” adds Zhang. We spent a great deal of engi­neer­ing effort mak­ing the robot as rigid as pos­si­ble to bet­ter pro­tect it, and to equip it for the con­fined spaces in which it is designed to operate.”

These pow­er­ful motors, com­bined with the com­pact and pow­er­ful IP67 wrist, can help reduce cycle times by up to 10%. Also, ABB‘s True­MoveTM tech­nol­o­gy, com­bined with the new motion process Accu­ra­cy mode,” can pro­vide +/- 0.05 mm path repeata­bil­i­ty for excep­tion­al weld­ing results. 

We aren’t done yet…Today’s qual­i­ty demands in arc weld­ing appli­ca­tions require heavy weld guns and bet­ter con­trol of the wire feed­er to secure high qual­i­ty prod­ucts at high vol­ume production.

The IRB 1660ID pro­vides all of the afore­men­tioned and more! Qual­i­ty arc weld­ing is ensured through its improved wire feed­ing con­trol to guar­an­tee high vol­ume pro­duc­tion. Also, heav­ier, more advanced, torch guns can be lift­ed as ABB made sure the 1660ID had a stronger, more rigid, upper arm lift­ing up to 6 kg. These traits all help the IRB 1660ID boast superb accu­ra­cy for high qual­i­ty weld­ing and eas­i­ly tack­le machine tend­ing in con­fined spaces. 

The IRB 1660ID’s com­pact and hol­low enabled the inte­gra­tion of the Dress­Pack. This helps pre­dict the cable move­ments and allow it to main­tain max­i­mum accel­er­a­tion and speeds with­out wor­ry­ing about any cable dam­ages or tan­gles. Addi­tion­al­ly, the Dress­Pack requires less floor space and brings a 50% main­te­nance reduc­tion cost.

All of these fea­tures make the IRB 1660ID the per­fect robot for work­ing in tight spaces or the answer for high den­si­ty cells. The inte­grat­ed Dress­Pack com­bined with the robust, com­pact wrist design, enable the pro­duc­tion of high den­si­ty cells to sim­pli­fy reori­en­ta­tion and to enable bet­ter acces­si­bil­i­ty. These cells can help to max­i­mize out­put as they oper­ate with unpar­al­leled reli­a­bil­i­ty, while also pro­vid­ing top qual­i­ty parts.

Safe­ty is also tak­en care of with ABB’s Robot­Stu­dio soft­ware which helps to envi­sion safe robot move­ments. This cre­ates a safer envi­ron­ment, while also reduc­ing the risk of col­li­sion, all of which enables the con­tin­u­ance of max speeds and accel­er­a­tions at all times, ulti­mate­ly giv­ing you more bang for your buck.

As you can see, ABB tru­ly answered the needs for a ver­sa­tile robot that is a top qual­i­ty arc welder while also tack­ling machine tend­ing with ease. The ABB IRB 1660ID was tru­ly thought­ful­ly designed and will be per­fect for your pro­duc­tion line. At Robots​.com, cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion is key, so we offer a war­ran­ty and offer com­pli­men­ta­ry tech sup­port on every robot pur­chase. Con­tact Robots​.com online or give us a call to talk to our experts about how we can help you inte­grate a 1660ID today; 8777626881.

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