April 29, 2021

ABB IRB1300 Cleanroom400x275ABB has announced that its six-axis industrial robot, the IRB1300, includes new protection elements that allow it to be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes, opening new opportunities in several industry spaces, including electronics assembly, and automotive and metals fabrication.

Originally launched in 2020, the IRB 1300 is now available in IP67, Foundry Plus 2, and cleanroom ISO 4 versions, the company said. This expands its use for tough environments with high levels of liquids and dust. ABB said this was achieved by preventing intrusion by sealing all electrical components of the robot.

For added protection in metals applications, including metal die casting, sand casting, forging, and machining, the Foundry Plus 2 version includes the use of stainless steel on the end effector, ABB added. This helps 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 helps prolong the robot’s service life, minimizing the disruption caused by downtime and unscheduled repairs.

In the cleanroom space, such as pharmaceuticals and semiconductor manufacturing, the IRB 1300 ISO 4 cleanroom version includes several measures to help eliminate the risk of contamination, ABB said. Key features include the use of chemical-resistant exterior paint, which helps avoid paint degradation when using cleaning agents that protect against bacteria. The robot’s design also minimizes the number of caps where bacteria could form, providing an extra level of protection. In addition, a particle filter and fully sealed design prevent grease, oil, and particles from coming into contact with products being handled.

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“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,” said Darren Hung, global product manager – small robots at 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.”

The robot has a footprint of 220 mm by 220 mm, making it ideal for use in confined spaces, ABB said. The IRB 1300 is available in three main versions – 11 kg/900 mm, 10kg/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, the company said.

The IRB 1300 is powered by ABB’s OmniCore controller, offering advanced motion control and best-in-class path accuracy, allowing it to handle applications such as polishing and machine tending, ABB added. For even more versatility, the OmniCore controller can be equipped with additional equipment, including fieldbus protocols, vision solutions, and force control. OmniCore also offers a simple UI on the intuitive FlexPendant, which features a large multi-touch display with standard gestures such as pinch, swipe and tap, allowing users to more easily program and operate the robot.

More details on the ABB IRB 1300 robot can be found here, including specification downloads. Click here to contact sales for availability.

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