Industrial robot featuring a combination of linear axis and articulated arms
Symbiosis of Line and Space
ABB Automation GmbH in Friedberg, Germany, have introduced their first industrial robot featuring a combination of linear axis and articulated arms. High flexibility and short cycle times distinguish the IRB 6620LX. The new robot system is intended primarily for machine operation and materials handling. A large and scalable working range plus a load handling capacity of 150 kg provide increased flexibility in production, and reduce investment costs when compared with customized linear handling systems. This high flexibility permits fast, simple changeover and increased plant availability – also in the case of tailor-made solutions. A single IRB 6620LX can also replace several complex material handling systems. According to the manufacturer, this can lead to savings in investment and maintenance costs. Thanks to its small footprint and the variable positioning of the supports, the robot adapts easily to existing manufacturing installations.
For the combination of articulated arm and linear technology, the primary rotation axis of the robot arm is omitted. Instead, the linear axis serves as the primary axis, from which the robot arm is suspended or laterally mounted. The working range of the IRB 6620LX, which can be based on standardized ABB components, can be adapted to different applications. For example, the horizontal length of the linear axis can be extended up to 33m, with up to 4m clearance from the floor. Within this working range, the robot is able to serve several machines or stations without restrictions in performance. The dynamic model in the robot’s controller, and the established motion control with the TrueMove and QuickMove functions ensure the shortest possible cycle times – even with long traversing paths and under full load – as well as high accuracy.
ABB Automation GmbH Unternehmensbereich Robotics
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