ABB Launches Its Smallest Ever Industrial Robot

By Harry Forbes

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Company and Product News

ABB has launched its smallest ever industrial robot, the IRB 1010, offering new possibilities for faster, more flexible and high-quality production of wearable smart devices. With its compact size, class-leading payload and industrial robotaccuracy, the IRB 1010 offers electronics manufacturers the opportunity to increase their production of devices including smart watches, earphones, sensors, and health trackers through automation.

The IRB 1010 is designed to suit the narrow spaces and special purpose machines typical of electronics production environments. With a reach of 370mm and a footprint of 135mm by 250mm, the IRB 1010 is 30 percent smaller than ABB’s current smallest robot, the IRB 120. These compact dimensions increase the number of cells that can be fitted into production spaces, enabling manufacturers to boost output through higher density factory layouts.

Capable of handling loads up to 1.5kg, the IRB 1010 has the highest payload in its class, with the ability to lift up to three times more weight than comparable robots. This increased payload capacity – coupled with a larger diameter air hose that provides added power for vacuum suction – enables simultaneous handling of multiple objects, allowing more objects to be processed per hour. It also opens opportunities for new applications including film peeling, material handling, assembly, gluing and inspection.

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