ABB is introducing a new harsh environment version of its IRB 1100 robot and OmniCore controller, designed with enhanced protection against water and dust.
The entire body of the new IRB 1100 has an IP67 rating, with all electrical components sealed against contaminants. This makes it resistant to water and provides the robot with protection from dust. For manufacturers, the new IP67 protection rating will enable the robot to be used in applications generating substantial dust, water and debris including 3C polishing, wet grinding, buffing and deburring.
The IRB 1100 is available in two models – one with a 4 kg payload with 475 mm reach and one with a 580 mm reach.
The new OmniCore C90XT extends the comprehensive OmniCore controller family, bringing all the benefits of its motion control and path accuracy to harsh environments. The C90XT is a rugged yet compact controller with full IP54-rated protection enabling it to be installed in close proximity to dirty, wet and dusty processes. XT stands for ‘Extra Tough.’ The controller also offers extra internal space to support process-related equipment for communication, conveyor tracking and external axis, while its lean format enables it to be installed in tight spaces. C90XT is the smallest high protection class robot controller in the industry.
“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 need,” said Steven Wyatt, Head of Portfolio and Digital at ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation.
In September, ABB launched the third generation of its PickMaster robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking and packing applications for the digital Factory of the Future. The new PickMaster Twin software is equipped with digital twin technology for the first time, to shorten commissioning times from days to hours and cut changeover periods from hours to minutes.
ABB opened in October a new healthcare hub at the Texas Medical Center innovation campus in Houston, Texas. ABB’s research team will work on the TMC campus with medical staff, scientists and engineers to develop non-surgical medical robotics systems using its cobots.