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Robot tends injection moulding machines

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article image Can reach down over 700mm below its base.

ABB Australia has released the IRB 1600 robot. It is a fast, strong, backward-bending, steam-washable robot that has an optional IP 67 classification. It is available in four versions, with reach of 1.2m or 1.45m, and a maximum payload of 5kg or 7kg (extended to 10kg with wrist down).

It is suitable for tending small to medium size injection moulding machines. Its combination of motion control and powerful servo motors results in short cycle times for loading and unloading injection moulding machines with sizes from 100t to 250t.

The compact arm/wrist design facilitates entry into injection moulding machines, which do not have to fully open. It can reach down over 700mm below its base. This makes it possible to mount the robot over the moulding machine, saving valuable space.

The IRB1600's slim forearm, compact design and small footprint make it suitable for cutting and dispensing applications like waterjet cutting and gluing. Thanks to ABB's motion control feature, TrueMove, the IRB 1600 performs with optimum path accuracy in these applications.

Post processing applications around the injection moulding machine are becoming more and more popular, and with an axis 1 working range of 360º the IRB 1600 can be used to perform additional applications after extracting a part from the injection moulding machine. These additional tasks can include assembly, quality control, labelling and other downstream processes.

For plastics applications the IRB 1600 comes complete with Euromap 12, 67 or SPI interfaces and with the new ABB Human Machine Interface (HMI) software, RobotWare Plastics. This includes features for easy programming, easy installation and easy operation of the 6 axis robot.

The IRB1600 is delivered as standard with the ABB IRC5 Robot Controller. They are easy to program with the simple operator interface. Programming can be carried out either online or offline. In order to build compact and efficient cells, up to four robots can be independently controlled and operated from one controller using ABB's MultiMove software.

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