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Large robots cut cycle times by 25% and energy use by 30%

07 May, 2024

ABB Robotics has added two new machines to its portfolio of large modular robots, which now spans 46 variants, capable of handling payloads from 70–620kg. The new IRB 7710 and IRB 7720 robots include 16 variants offering “class-leading” path accuracies of down to 0.6mm, and speeds of up to 1,600mm/s.

The IRB 7710 covers payloads from 280-500kg, while the IRB 7720 spans the 400-620kg range.

Compared to its predecessor, the IRB 7600 with an IRC5 controller, the IRB 7710 with ABB’s latest OmniCore controller can cut cycle times by up to 25% when handling a 500kg payload. The new robot can boost the output of automotive press lines from 12 to 15 strokes per minute, to produce 900 parts per hour.

Also compared to the previous generation, the new robots and controls can cut energy consumption by up to a 30%, while their power packs can feed energy back to the electricity supply.

The robots can be used in the automotive sector for applications such as high-speed press tending and palletising, EV battery construction, final assembly and giga casting, as well as high-accuracy contact applications such as machining and friction stir welding.

ABB new large modular robots can cut energy use and cycle times

They can also be used to enhance speed and quality in the construction sector in applications such as modular construction, assembling steel building frames, and surface finishing.

“As businesses introduce new technologies and components to meet productivity and sustainability goals, we’ve engineered our modular large robot portfolio to enable them to select the best robots and variants to allow them to efficiently undertake their operations” says Marc Segura, president of ABB’s Robotics Division. “With the most comprehensive portfolio of mechatronic platforms, industrial robots, cobots, and AMRs in the marketplace, the latest robots extend our portfolio even further, helping our customers navigate labour shortages and ensuring they remain competitive, while operating in a sustainable manner.”

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