The third-generation ABB Foundry Prime robot (called the IRB 6790) is designed to withstand high-pressure waterjet cleaning applications and harsh industrial environments with 100% humidity. Different parts can be cleaned in the same cell with zero changeover time. The ABB Foundry Prime robot is IP69-rated for superior protection from water and dust … and reduces maintenance costs by up to 60%.
The ABB Foundry Prime robot launched at Automatica 2018 in Munich.
“ABB’s heritage of installing robot systems in automotive factories around the world helps us understand the challenges automakers face today, and how their factories might look tomorrow. This helps us … write the future for automation in the harshest operating environments,” said Vegard Nerseth, managing director of robotics for ABB.
The IRB 6790’s high flexibility allows cleaning of different part geometries in the same cell with zero changeover time, which supports mass customization for automotive manufacturers as well as original equipment manufacturers and their tier suppliers. In addition to increased flexibility and productivity, this solution provides increased speed and, on average, 5% faster cycle time. Its design is focused on reliability and system uptime in conjunction with optimized maintenance to enable easier serviceability, which results in lower total cost of owner- ship.
The ABB Foundry Prime robot can work in an environment that is normally not suitable for industrial robots, with enhanced protection from heat, cleaning pressure, chemicals, and dirt typically found in harsh and wet environments. It also has IP69-rated protection to prevent water and dust ingress whereas the cleaning chemicals can range up to pH 10.
The first-generation ABB Foundry Prime robot was introduced in 2005, which was painted orange, the second generation in 2007, which was painted grey, while this third-generation model is offered un- painted yet fully coated. The IRB 6790 Foundry Prime robot is expected to be available for order in November 2018.