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ABB Launches New Industrial-Grade Cobot

ABB SWIFTI CRB 1300 industrial cobot arm

ABB has announced the SWIFTI CRB 1300, an industrial collaborative robot that aims to bridge the gap between traditional industrial robots and more collaborative “cobot”-style robots. The CRB 1300 combines speed, accuracy and the ability to handle loads up to 11 kg, and can perform tasks such as product handling, machine tending, palletizing and screwdriving.

“Our customers are looking to robotic automation to make their processes more flexible, efficient and resilient, helping to counter labor shortages by enabling their employees to perform more value-added work,” said Andrea Cassoni, managing director for global general industry robotics at ABB. “The latest addition to our SWIFTI family is a highly accurate, high payload cobot that’s up to six times faster than other robots in its class. This means it can be used by both SMEs and large manufacturers looking for collaborative automated solutions to achieve new levels of flexibility and productivity.”

The SWIFTI CRB 1300 includes several features that aim to improve product efficiency by up to 44% compared to other cobots in its class, ABB said. For example, in a palletizing application t he speed and performance of the cobot lets it handle up to 13 boxes per minute, compared to nine boxes possible with other cobots, the company said.

The ABB SWIFTI series includes additional variants with ranges of 7kg to 11 kg payloads, and reaches of 0.9 to 1.4 meters.

Powered by ABB’s OmniCore C90XT controller, the cobot has a top speed of 6.2 meters per second, and payload options ranging from 7 kg up to 11 kg, with reaches from 0.9 to 1.4 meters. The cobot includes protection against dust and moisture (up to IP67 rating), which makes it useful for machine tending applications, ABB said. 

A safety laser scanner integrated with ABB’s SafeMove collaborative safety software enables safe collaboration to be achieved without the space and cost associated with installing protective fencing or other physical barriers. If the laser scanner detects a worker within the operating area, SafeMove will automatically slow the robot or stop it completely. The movement is restored as the worker moves away, returning to full speed only once the working area is completely clear, ABB said. In addition, a built-in interaction status light provides visual indications of the cobot’s status when a worker is within the workspace area. 

Users can set up the CRB 1300 by either physically guiding it through a process (lead-through programming), or by using ABB’s Wizard Easy Programming software. Based on graphical blocks, the tool makes programming accessible for non-specialists in robotics, ABB said.

The SWIFTI CRB 1300 is part of the company’s wider cobot portfolio, which includes robots such as the YuMi single and dual-arm robots, the GoFa CRB 15000 and the SWIFTI CRB 1100. For more details on the company’s cobots, visit the ABB website here.

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