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New ABB IRB 1600 set to mould the future in flexibility and all round performance

ABB Limited (Group Headquarters) : 16 July, 2006  (New Product)
Suitable for plastic injection moulding machines from 100 to 250 tons
ABB, the global power and automation technologies group, introduces the latest addition to its 'small robot' family, the IRB 1600. An 'athletic', cost competitive all-rounder, the IRB 1600 is ABB's most versatile and flexible performer to date.
Specially designed for fast and accurate handling operations across a diverse range of industrial tasks, the IRB 1600 is a backward-bending, steam-washable robot, with optional IP 67 classification and ABB FoundryPlus protection. It is available in four versions, with a reach of 1.2m or 1.45m, and a maximum payload of 10 kgs, with axis 'five' pointing downwards. Its high payload makes the IRB 1600 the strongest robot on the market in its class.

Perfect for tending small-to-medium size injection moulding machines, the IRB 1600's combination of ABB motion control and powerful servo motors results in the shortest cycle times of any robot in its class. This gives the distinct advantage to producers wanting to improve cycle times in loading & unloading injection moulding machines with sizes 100-250 tons.

The compact arm and wrist design facilitates easy entry into the injection moulding machine for part extraction, while the combined ability to 'reach' 700mm below its base adds to the robots flexibility. This flexibility makes it possible to mount the robot over the injection moulding machine, an important factor, along with the backward bending ability, in saving valuable space.

The IRB 1600's slim forearm, compact design and small footprint also make it suitable for cutting and dispensing applications like waterjet cutting and gluing. Thanks to ABB's motion control feature, TrueMove, the IRB 1600 performs with optimum path accuracy in these demanding applications.

Post processing applications around the injection moulding machine are becoming more and more popular, and with an 'axis 1' working range of 360 degrees combined with the 'bending backward' capability, the IRB 1600 can be used to perform additional applications after extracting a part from the die-casting machine. These additional tasks can include assembly, quality control, labelling and many other downstream processes.

For plastics industries applications, the IRB 1600 comes complete with Euromap 12, 67 or SPI interfaces and with the new ABB Human Machine Interface software, RobotWare Plastics. This incorporates features for easy programming, easy installation and easy operation of the robot.

Standard equipment with the IRB 1600 is ABB's groundbreaking new controller the IRC5. Together they make a powerful, productive team that is easy to program through a simple operator interface. Programming can be carried out 'on-line', as well as 'off-line'; while to build compact, efficient cells, up to four robots can be independently operated from the same controller through the IRC5's embedded MultiMove function.

Commenting on the introduction of the IRB 1600, ABB segment manager for plastics, Tore Linstrom, comments: 'This new robot is a major breakthrough in flexibility, speed, ease-of-use and integration in plastics manufacturing. More and more plastics producers are turning to six-axis robots to gain a competitive advantage, and in the IRB 1600 they have a new, powerful tool to help them.'
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