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ABB reveals new articulated arm robot and linear gantry unit

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article image The articulated arm robot and linear gantry unit from ABB

ABB Australia has announced that it has launched its first robot combining the advantages of an articulated robot and a linear gantry for improved flexibility and cycle times. The IRB 6620LX articulated robot is a 5-axis overhead mounted robot arm on a linear axis unit. The IRB 6620LX robot provides flexibility in production with its 150kg payload and large scalable work space. 

Features and benefits of the IRB 6620LX articulated robot include:

  • ABB has removed the first rotational axis from the robotic arm, enabling it to be mounted either upside down or sideways on the linear gantry unit
  • The ability to be mounted overhead facilitates production flexibility as the linear gantry axis unit can be extended by up to 33 meters horizontally and 4 meters vertically.
  • The articulated robot can access several machines or work stations without compromising on performance, resulting in high productivity and machine utilisation
  • Flexibility and work space of IRB 6620LX articulated robots can be exploited through additional processes, such as inspection, deburring, packing or gluing in addition to ‘basic’ material handling tasks to further improve robot utilisation
  • quick and easy changeovers for improved production uptime and provides opportunities for the solution to be tailored for different applications
  • The IRB 6620LX articulated robot also enables savings in investment and maintenance, as only one robot is needed to replace numerous complex materials handling systems
  • The articulated robot can be readily fitted or adapted to existing production lines as it requires limited floor space requirements and can be configured to position the support legs to suit the application
  • The speed and acceleration on the linear axis secures the shortest possible cycle times with highest possible accuracy, even at large distances and with a full payload
  • The IRB 6620LX articulated robot offers better handling possibilities compared to conventional solutions as it can access machines either from the top or the side. In addition, overhead rail mounted robots provide open access in front of machines for manual operation, maintenance work, handling of short batches and quick changes. As a result, personal safety is improved, as the robot is not present if there is a need to operate machines manually
Ideal for machine tending and material handling applications, the IRB 6620LX robot offers greater versatility and cost effectiveness compared to customised linear handling systems. The IRB 6620LX robot is also suitable for the following applications:
  • Power train assembly
  • Heavy arc welding
  • Grinding

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