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ROBOTS TO IMPROVE MATERIAL HANDLING ABB adds two new robot families to its portfolio

Mar 14, 2022

ABB includes two new large robots that increase speed and flexibility for material handling on EV battery production. They have improved speed and precision, where robust design enables improved productivity and performance with higher uptime. Available in eight variants with payloads from 70kg to 180kg also support applications in foundry, forging, rubber, plastics and metal fabrication.

ABB recently added two new robot families to its portfolio of large robots for complex manufacturing applications. Delivering enhanced speed, accuracy, flexibility and a more robust design, including integrated process cabling, the company’s IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 robots deliver increased productivity and enhanced performance with higher uptime for applications, including electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, foundry, forging, rubber, plastics and metal fabrication.

Available in eight variants, the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 present a choice of options for payloads from 70 kg to 180 kg and reach from 2.3 m to 3 m. Together, the two robot families are suitable for a wide range of production tasks, including material handling and machine tending & assembly, as well as specific operations in EV manufacturing, such as battery module picking & placing, high precision assembly and parts handling. The benefits offered by the robots also make them ideal for use in plastic moulding, metal casting, cleaning and spraying applications.

Introducing these new robot families, Joerg Reger, MD, ABB Robotics’ Automotive Business Line, asserted, “These new robots accelerate ABB’s continuing expansion into the rapidly growing EV market, meeting customer demand for robust units, with the speed, path accuracy and dexterity to handle complex EV battery assembly duties. The switch from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs, especially is driving, increased the demand for fast, adaptable production lines. EV designs can often be highly complex and components such as batteries & semiconductor modules can be very heavy or extremely fragile. These demands call for solutions that can offer maximum precision and repeatability to avoid errors in production.”

Both robot families are powered by OmniCoreTM controller V250XT, the latest addition to the OmniCore controller family. Featuring company’s TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology, the OmniCore V250XT controller enables the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 robots to offer class-leading speed, improving production capacity with lower manufacturing times. With their excellent position repeatability (0.04-0.05mm), path repeatability (0.1-0.14mm) and path accuracy (1-1.2 mm), the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 are more accurate than other robots in their classes, enabling them to deliver the highest levels of manufacturing quality.

Further protection against damage and cable wear & tear is provided by LeanID Integrated DressPack, which enables process cables to be routed inside the robot’s upper arm and along the wrist rather than externally. This eliminates swinging cables, protecting against heat and collisions, a common cause of robot maintenance issues, potentially reducing downtime & maintenance cost and extending the robots’ service life by several years. LeanID also makes it easier to program and simulate with predictable cable movements in RobotStudio® offline programming software.

Both robot ranges have multiple mounting options, including floor, angled, inverted and semi-shelf for maximum production design flexibility.

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