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ABB launches its most compact and lightweight 6-axis robot ever

29 March 2019

The new IRB 1100 enhances the industry’s most comprehensive offering for fast, accurate small parts assembly solutions.

ABB has launched its smallest, lightest robot yet as part of its growing offering of solutions for small parts assembly. The IRB 1100 was designed to meet the challenges of semiconductor, pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturers needing to handle small and often delicate parts while working at speed without compromising productivity or quality.

The IRB 1100 offers up to 35 percent faster cycle times to maximise productivity, and best-in-class repeatable accuracy. Powered by ABB’s new OmniCore controller, it is equipped with advanced motion control capabilities, making it ideal for supporting rapid assembly, pick and place and materials handling applications.

With a ten percent smaller footprint and a 20 percent lighter, slimmer body compared to previous robot generations, the IRB 1100 can be deployed in confined spaces and existing automation lines. In addition to improving production space flexibility, the IRB 1100 also allows more flexible handling for heavy-load operations with complex tools or end effectors.

“Today’s manufacturers need to squeeze every drop of value out of their factories – from their automation systems and even their floor space. The IRB 1100 is designed to support both these imperatives and create opportunities to get the most out of every last centimetre of production,” says Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of Robotics at ABB. “This is ABB’s most compact and lightweight robot ever, and a great addition to our small parts assembly solutions portfolio.”

The IRB 1100 is among the first of a new era of robots built around ABB’s new flexible design approach, which will help introduce a wider variety of robot sizes and variants that can be combined into tailored solutions. It will be certified for cleanroom applications in the future and is available in two variants – one with a 4kg payload with 475mm reach, and one with a 4kg payload and 580mm reach. 

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