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ABB Unveils New Robot Arm Family
First of new family of robot arms.
Auburn Hills, MI — ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 6700 robot family, the company's seventh generation of large industrial robots. The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300kg, reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending. In addition to enhanced speed, payload and accuracy, the power consumption has been lowered by 15 percent, total cost of ownership has been reduced by up to 20 percent, and maintenance has been optimized, doubling the time between service intervals.

The new model is available with LeanID, a new Integrated Dressing (ID) designed for easier programming and a smaller footprint. It has also been built to withstand the harshest working environments and is available with the company's ultimate Foundry Plus 2 protection system.

Every robot in the 6700 family has been designed to accommodate Lean ID — designed to achieve a balance between cost and durability by integrating the most exposed parts of the dress pack into the robot. Lean ID makes it easier to program and simulate with predictable cable movements, while creating a more compact footprint, and lengthening service intervals due to decreased wear and tear. In designing the new robot, easier serviceability was identified as a critical aspect for improving its total cost of ownership. Service routines for the machine have been shortened and intervals between them have been increased. Access to motors has also been improved and technical documentation for maintenance has become easier to read and understand through the use of improved graphics and 3D simulations called "Simstructions."

At introduction the IRB 6700 family will include four variants ranging in payload from 150 to 235kg and reaches of 2.65 to 3.20m. Four additional variants will be added over the next 18 months to meet the needs of higher payloads up to 300kg, as well as shorter reaches on lower payload models.

Contact: ABB, Inc. 1250 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 248-391-9000 Web:


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