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ABB Australia releases second generation FlexPicker robot

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ABB Australia  has released its second generation FlexPicker robot. The IRB 360 robot is even more productive with increased speed, higher payload and a smaller footprint.

The new FlexPicker IRB 360 is the second generation robot for pick and place applications.

Several important objectives have been met in the new generation design and its good features include 50% higher payload.

Increased payload capacity provides two clearly defined benefits: the first is the ability to handle heavier objects; the second is to accommodate the mass of the increasingly sophisticated grippers required in handling diverse products.

The new robot succeeds ABB Australia’s widely used FlexPicker IRB340 system and is the result of 10 years’ experience and research and development combined with packaging technology. Growth is currently at the rate of 40% per annum and the new generation robots will see that increase further.

The average cycle time performance of the new IRB 360 robot has improved by over 20%, and has a good edge where there is a particular requirement for movement on a fourth axis. The fourth axis has an extensive work range and due to good motion control does not in any way limit the robot performance.

The IRB 360 robot has been configured to enable easy cleaning and reduced maintenance. The theta axis has been made with a stainless robust variant really made for the open food industry.

The smaller footprint enables valuable space to be kept to a minimum and allows it to be built into machines and productions lines for many packing applications. This is combined with reliability and ease of use.

Complementing the new generation FlexPicker is ABB Australia’s PickMaster software that makes programming simple. The software enables modelling for applications and assists with the optimization of multiple robot installations.

The IRC5 controller is also an integral part of the FlexPicker robot. The IRC5 controller is also now available in a panel-mounted version that offers substantial space savings and easy integration into machines and production lines.

The IRB 6660 robot is available for sale in Australia from early May 2008, through ABB Certified Robot Partners.

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