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Feb. 7, 2011
ABB Robotics desktop-sized IRC5 Compact is compatible with the standard and panel-mounted controllers
ABB Robotics extended the range of its compact controller to larger robots, bringing small footprint functionality to a wider range of applications.
The IRC5 Compact controller is available for six models, including four 6-axis robots.

ABB Robotics has extended the functionality of its smallest controller — the IRC5 Compact — to six additional ABB robot families. It was introduced to serve ABB’s smallest six-axis robot, the IRB 120. Now, the compact controller supports the IRB 120, IRB 140, IRB 260, IRB 360 FlexPicker, IRB 1410 and IRB 1600 robot families, with a significantly reduced controller footprint and simplified commissioning to a wider range of applications.

The desktop-sized IRC5 Compact is fully compatible with the standard and panel-mounted IRC-5 controllers. It provides the same functionality in a portable model, including excellent motion control, user-friendly FlexPendant programming, flexible RAPID language, and powerful communication capabilities.

With the line extensions the IRC5 Compact will be frequently paired with the IRB 140, IRB 1410 and IRB 1600, ABB’s smaller 6-axis, articulated arm robots.

The IRC5 Compact controller is easy to commission thanks to its one-phase power input, external connectors for all signals and a built-in, expandable 16 in, 16 out I/O system. The system also supports the use of RobotStudio for offline programming and Remote Service for on-line condition monitoring. This allows manufacturers and integrators to optimize cell design and helps prevent costly downtime or production delays.