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ABB Launches its Smallest Industrial Robot for Manufacturing

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October 13, 2022

ABB has announced the launch of its smallest ever industrial robot, aimed at faster, more flexible and higher quality production of wearable smart devices. The compact size and 1.5 kg payload capability of the IRB 1010 offers electronics manufacturers the opportunity to increase automated production of devices such as smart watches, earphones, sensors, and health trackers.

“The market for wearable smart devices is accelerating rapidly, with projections estimating double digit growth between 2022 and 2028,” said Rui Liang, managing director of ABB Robotics’ electronics business line. “To meet this growth, companies are demanding compact robotic solutions that are suited to narrow production spaces in electronics manufacturing lines and that can accurately handle the small components used in wearable devices. As the most accurate robot in its class for 1.5kg payloads, our IRB 1010 meets these demands, enabling companies to maximize output and productivity while maintaining the highest levels of product quality.”

ABB said the IRB 1010 is designed to suit the narrow spaces and special purpose machines typical of electronics production environments. With a reach of 370mm and a footprint of 135mm by 250mm, the IRB 1010 is 30% smaller than ABB’s current smallest robot, the IRB 120. The company said the smaller dimensions increase the number of cells that can be fit into production spaces, enabling manufacturers to boost output through higher density factory layouts.

Capable of handling loads up to 1.5 kg, the IRB 1010 has the highest payload in its class, with the ability to lift up to three times more weight than comparable robots, ABB said. The increased payload capacity – coupled with a larger diameter air hose that provides added power for vacuum suction – enables simultaneous handling of multiple objects, allowing more objects to be processed per hour. The company said this also opens opportunities for new applications such as film peeling, material handling, assembly, gluing and inspection. 

The system also includes six braking systems that allow the robot arm to remain in its position, even when stopped. ABB said that by eliminating the time needed for the robot to recover its position after a stop or pause, production can be resumed more quickly, enabling the IRB 1010 to do more in less time than other robots in its class.

High accuracy is enabled through the ABB OmniCore E10 controller, which offers path repeatability of 0.01 mm, ABB said. The controller is designed for small part assembly in applications where production cell sizes need to be minimized. In addition, the controller offers the flexibility to meet changing requirements, with built-in digital connectivity and more than 1,000 additional functions that enable easier scalability. Consuming up to 20% less energy compared to ABB’s previous IRC5C controllers, the OmniCore E10 also enables manufacturers to cut their energy costs and improve energy efficiency, ABB said.

The ABB Robot Control Mate enables users to program the IRB 1010. Available as an add-in to ABB’s RobotStudio programming software, Robot Control Mate lets users move, teach and calibrate the IRB 1010 from their computer or mobile tablets without the need for programming skills. This also enables new possibilities for educational applications, with the ability to sit on classroom desktops and allows teachers and students to master skills needed for programming and operation.

For more information on the IRB 1010, visit the ABB Robotics website here.

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