ABB expands small industrial robot line with IRB 1300

ABB is extending its family of small six-axis industrial robots with the launch of the IRB 1300. The robot is to meet demand for a faster and more compact robot able to rapidly lift heavy objects or loads with complex and irregular shapes.

Building on the success of ABB’s IRB 1600 robot for payloads up to 10kg, the company says the IRB 1300 offers a 27 per cent improvement in cycle times and is nearly 60 per cent lighter and 83 per cent smaller than the IRB 1600. The IRB 1300 is designed for use in small spaces with a footprint of 220 mm by 220 mm.

With improved payload and reach for materials handling, machine tending, polishing, and assembly and testing applications, The IRB 1300 is aimed at electronics, food, beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods processing, case packaging and logistics applications.

Peter Bradbury, robotics channel partner manager for ABB Australia said the IRB 1300 is an exciting addition to the company's portfolio of small industrial robots and means we can now offer an even greater breadth of capability and performance

“We’ve designed the IRB 1300 to help our customers achieve new standards of speed and accuracy as they develop solutions to lift heavy, complex or irregular shapes, even in small workspaces,” he said.

The IRB 1300 is available in three main versions: 11 kg/0.9 m, 10 kg/1.15m and 7 kg/1.4 m. The 11kg payload for the 0.9 m reach variant is higher than any other competing robot in its class, according to ABB.

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, according to ABB.

To maximise 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 quickly get to grips with programming and operating their robot.

The IRB 1300 offers 20 Input/Output ports, 50 per cent more than the IRB 1600, to enable the IRB 1300 to be used with more sophisticated grippers or end-effectors, allowing users to improve productivity by handling an increased number of work pieces simultaneously.

Supplied with IP40 ingress protection as standard, the IRB 1300 has the option of IP67 protection against solid particles and water ingress, or Foundry Plus2, designed to protect against the extremely harsh conditions in foundries and other metal processing plants. It can also be supplied to IPA Clean Room protection standard.