ABB Robotics is releasing an upgrade of one of its most popular products, the IRB 1600. Now offering an extended payload up to 10kg, the IRB 1600 is suitable for a range of applications, including machine tending and material handling through to arc welding and cutting. The increased payload expands the already large range of general industry applications the IRB 1600 can serve. The improved payload is available for both the 1.2 meter and 1.45 meter robot variant.
Per Lowgren, Product Manager, says: "The IRB 1600 was already able to work in diverse and demanding environments. This upgrade is an important step in maintaining the IRB 1600's leadership role and will allow our customers to increase productivity with shorter cycle times and higher payloads."
The IRB 1600 is already well known for its combination of accelerations and accuracy. Second-generation QuickMove motion control and the low-friction spur gears help cut cycle times by up to 50 per cent compared with competitor robots. Meanwhile, ABB's TrueMove technology and a stiff design enable superb path accuracy even at high speeds.
Per Lowgren says: "With IRB 1600, significantly increasing the output and ensuring improved work piece quality should be a realistic expectation for many users. As a company we are proud to offer our customers this competitive edge while providing an energy-efficient robot with noise levels that are lower than that of the competition."
The upgrade improves upon the IRB 1600's other existing advantages, such as solid protection for use in harsh environments (IP 67 and Foundry Plus 2) and total mounting flexibility. The 1.2m reach variant also makes the robot more dexterous in confined spaces for improved reach and flexibility.
For more information about the upgraded IRB 1600 please visit www.abb.com/robotics.