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Enhanced Robot Protection for Harsh Work, Cleanrooms

May 3, 2021
The 6-axis IRB 1300 industrial robot is offered now with all electrical components sealed against liquids and dust.

ABB ROBOTICS’ 6-axis IRB 1300 industrial robot is available now with new protection elements so it can be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes, opening new opportunities for increased productivity, improved product quality, and reduced cycle times.

Originally launched in 2020, the IRB 1300 is now available in IP67, Foundry Plus 2, and cleanroom ISO 4 versions, with all electrical components sealed against intrusion of liquids and dust, making it productive for metal diecasting, sand casting, forging, and machining. The Foundry Plus 2 version includes uses stainless steel on the end effector to prevent rusting that can occur when liquids are applied to wash away dust particles and metallic debris. By helping to protect against premature wear, this feature can help to prolong the robot’s service life, minimizing disruption caused by downtime and unscheduled repairs.

For applications requiring a clean production environment, e.g., pharmaceuticals and semiconductor manufacturing, the IRB 1300 ISO 4 cleanroom version features a number of measures to help eliminate the risk of contamination.

Chemical-resistant exterior paint helps avoid paint degradation when using cleaning agents that protect against bacteria. The robot’s design also minimizes the number of gaps where bacteria could form, providing an added level of protection, while a particle filter and a fully sealed design prevent grease, oil and particles from coming into contact with the products being handled.

“The addition of cleanroom and harsh environment capability enables us to offer the benefits of the IRB 1300 to a whole new set of manufacturing applications in industries renowned for their tough nature or their need to be contamination-free,” stated Darren Hung, Global Product Manager – Small Robots for ABB. “The IRB 1300 is the perfect partner for a wide variety of tasks, including materials handling, machine tending, polishing, and assembly and testing, and can now help more businesses achieve new standards of speed and accuracy as they develop solutions to lift and handle heavy, complex or irregular shapes, even in small workspaces.”

Featuring a footprint of just 220 mm by 220 mm, the IRB 1300 is applicable for use in confined spaces, enabling more robots to be deployed in a specific area if required. It is available in three main versions - 11 kg/900 mm, 10 kg/1150 mm and 7 kg/1400 mm. The 11-kg payload for the 900 mm reach variant is higher than any other competing robot in its class.

Powered by ABB’s OmniCore controller, the IRB 1300 offers advanced motion control and best-in-class path accuracy, allowing it to handle an expanded range of applications such as polishing and machine tending.

To maximize the versatility of the IRB 1300, the OmniCore controller can be equipped with a range of additional equipment, including fieldbus protocols, vision solutions, and force control. OmniCore also offers a simple user interface on the intuitive FlexPendant, which features a large multi-touch display with standard gestures such as pinch, swipe and tap, allowing users to easily program and operate their robot. Learn more at new.abb.com