Compact controller extends to larger robots, bringing small footprint functionality

The IRC5 Compact controller is now available on six models, including four 6-axis robots for arc welding, material handling and assembly applications.

02/02/2011


ABB Robotics IRC5 Compact ControllerABB Robotics has extended the functionality of its IRC5 Compact controller to six additional ABB robot families. ABB’s smallest controller was introduced in 2009 along with the introduction of the IRB 120, ABB’s smallest 6-axis robot. The compact controller will now support the IRB 120, IRB 140, IRB 260, IRB 360 FlexPicker, IRB 1410 and IRB 1600 robot families, offering the benefits of a greatly reduced controller footprint and simplified commissioning to a wider range of applications.

ABB IRB 1410 Welding Motorcycle PartsThe desktop sized IRC5 Compact is fully compatible with the standard and panel mount IRC-5 controllers, providing the same industry leading functionality in a portable model. This includes superior motion control, user friendly FlexPendant programming, flexible RAPID language and powerful communication capabilities.

With the line extensions the IRC5 Compact will be frequently paired with the IRB 140, IRB 1410 and IRB 1600, ABB’s smaller 6-axis, articulated arm robots. The IRB 1410 is especially designed and equipped for arc welding applications, while the IRB 140 and IRB 1600 bring powerful performance to arc welding, material handling, assembly and machine tending applications. The IRB 360 FlexPicker will now be available with the IRC5 Compact meeting demands of varying requirements in the food, pharmaceutical, biotech and solar markets. The IRB 260 is a 4-axis robot designed for packing applications. The IRC5 Compact will be especially valuable where the available workspace is limited.

"Our system integrators and end-users have been asking for the IRC5 Compact to be available on a wider range of robots, and this is obviously a big step in that direction,” said Joe Campbell, vice president of the ABB Robot Products Group in the US. “The IRC5 has the most cabinet variations in the industry, and now our smaller robot customers will have more controller options to match their specific application and system requirements.”

The IRC5 Compact controller also enables easy commissioning through the one-phase power input, external connectors for all signals and a built-in, expandable 16 in, 16 out I/O system. The system also supports the use of RobotStudio for offline programming and Remote Service for on-line condition monitoring. This allows manufacturers and integrators to optimize cell design and helps prevent costly downtime or production delays.

ABB Robotics

www.abb.com ABB



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.