ABB launches IRB1100 robot and OmniCore™ controller for harsh environments

Rugged and compact IP67-rated IRB 1100 robot, powered by the new
OmniCore™ C90XT controller, is prepared for the most demanding conditions

ABB will launch a new harsh environment version of its IRB 1100 robot and OmniCore controller, designed with enhanced protection against water and dust.

The entire body of the IRB 1100 will have an IP67 rating, with all electrical components sealed against contaminants. This makes it resistant to water and provides the robot with complete protection from dust ingress. For manufacturers, the new IP67 protection rating will enable the robot to be used in applications generating substantial dust, water and debris including 3C polishing, wet grinding, buffing and deburring.

The IRB 1100 is ABB’s most compact and fastest robot, offering best-in-class repeatability. The IRB 1100 is available in two variants – one with a 4 kg payload with 475 mm reach and the second with a 580 mm reach.

The new OmniCore C90XT extends the comprehensive OmniCore controller family, bringing all the benefits of their best-in-class motion control and path accuracy to harsh environments. The C90XT is a rugged yet compact controller with full IP54-rated protection enabling it to be installed in close proximity to dirty, wet and dusty processes. XT stands for ‘Extra Tough’. The controller also offers extra internal space to support process-related equipment for communication, conveyor tracking and external axes, while its lean format enables it to be installed in tight spaces. C90XT is the smallest high protection class robot controller in the industry.

“The IRB 1100 has consistently outperformed similar robots in payload and position repeatability, while our OmniCore controller is already recognized for its best-in-class path accuracy and cycle times. Now with an enhanced protection rating for harsh environments, the IRB 1100 and C90XT controller are ready to take on the toughest workplaces, while maintaining the high standards of reliability and fast cycle times that our customers’ demand,” said Steven Wyatt, Head of Portfolio and Digital at ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

ABB Robotics is a pioneer in industrial and collaborative robots and advanced digital services. As one of the world’s leading robotics suppliers, we are active in 53 countries and over 100 locations and have shipped over 400,000 robot solutions for a diverse range of industries and applications. We help our customers to improve flexibility, efficiency, safety and reliability, while moving towards the connected and collaborative factory of the future.


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