ABB introduces cleanroom version of IRB 1100 robot

Published: 1-Oct-2020

The device is suitable for applications in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, electronics, semiconductors and solar panel manufacturing

ABB is extending its robot offering for cleanroom manufacturing environments with the cleanroom IRB 1100, certified to ISO 14644-1.

Features include hygienic paint and a sealed body to prevent leakage of contaminants such as grease, oil and particles, together with a mechanical design that minimizes gaps between the robot’s joints to discourage the growth of bacteria.

Two variants of the robot are available, one with a four kg payload and 475 mm reach, and one with a four kg payload and 580 mm reach.

The cleanroom version builds on the the existing IRB 1100, ABB’s most compact and lightweight 6-axis robot. It offers up to 35% faster cycle times than the IRB 120 to maximize productivity. Powered by ABB’s OmniCore controller, the IRB 1100 is equipped with motion control capabilities, making it suitable for supporting rapid assembly, pick and place and material handling applications.

With a 10% smaller footprint and 20% lighter, the IRB 1100 is designed for areas with restricted space, including existing production lines, for greater production flexibility.

The IRB 1100 will extend ABB’s offering for cleanroom applications, which also includes the IRB 120. The IRB 1100 is certified to the higher ISO 4 cleanroom standard, compared to ISO 5 for the IRB 120, opening potential applications demanding a higher level of protection.

“While many manufacturers want to take advantage of the rapid, accurate assembly process that robotics can offer, many advanced technologies are sensitive to contaminants and require strict cleanroom conditions,” says Antti Matinlauri, Head of Product Management for ABB Robotics.

“The cleanroom version of our IRB 1100 is unique, offering a 4kg payload and reach below 500mm, while offering best-in-class repeatable accuracy. The IRB 1100 sets a new benchmark and will be able to support cleanroom teams throughout industry, enabling them to make the most of automation in these demanding environments, including faster cycle times and improved productivity, even in confined spaces.”

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