September 17, 2012
ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1520ID dedicated arc welding robot. It features internal axis-1 routing of the welding cabling, a compact swing base, and 30 percent less weight than the company's IRB 1600ID.
The upper arm integrated dressing (ID) design provides protection for all media, including welding power and wire, shielding gas, and pressurized air. This extends hose life by 50 percent, according to the manufacturer, and allows for movements such as those needed for single-motion welds around cylindrical objects or weld seams on parts of complex geometry.
Featuring a compact base, 4.92-ft. reach, and 8.82-lb. payload, the robot can be installed in a variety of production configurations in either floor- or invert-mount positions.
The ABB FlexPendant HMI, with an intuitive, multilingual interface, can be used by operators with minimal training. The power source interface also is fully integrated, giving users full control over voltage, current, speed, gas flow, and other welding parameters from the same interface as the robot.