ABB scores with safety, ease of programming and price
By RBR Staff
September 07, 2012
FERRET.COM—Arc welding is a dangerous process for the operators, presenting risk of burns and over exposure to UV light causing eye injury. Operators can program ABB’s IRB 1520ID robot to do the welding, reducing the risk of personal injury. These robots also support manufacturers with optimising cycle times, saving materials, reducing waste and improving productivity and product quality.
In the process, ABB has responded as well to the clarion call from industry for lower price, ease of programming and safety. The IRB 1520ID delivers on all levels.
Designed to deliver more operational safety and higher precision, the IRB 1520ID arc welding robots feature integrated process dressing technology designed specifically for arc welding in metal fabrication.
New robot combines 24/7 production durability with 50% lower maintenance costs, delivering the lowest cost per weld in its class.
ABB’s IRB 1520ID high precision robots have all power cables and necessary gas and pressurised air hoses used in welding integrated into the arm of the robot to provide a shielded dressing or covering, which ensures greater safety for operators in addition to more simplified robotic programming with more predictable welding results without estimating for swinging cables.
The IRB 1520ID features internal Axis-1 routing of the welding cabling, a compact swing base, and 30% less weight than the IRB 1600ID, ABB’s premium performance welding robot.
The upper arm integrated dressing (ID) design simplifies programming and provides optimum protection for all media, including welding power and wire, shielding gas, and pressurized air. The compact base and lower weight, combined with a 1.5m reach and 4kg payload, make the new robot easy to install in a wide range of production configurations, in either floor or invert mount positions.
Equipped with ABB’s second-generation TrueMove technology, the IRB 1520ID achieves the highest path accuracy in the lightweight arc welding robot class.