February 22, 2011
ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 2600ID integrated dress pack model midsized robot designed for arc welding. With its 6.56-ft. reach and 17.64-lb. payload, the robot features a flexible conduit in its upper arm/wrist for routing the cables and hoses, fully integrating the process equipment with the robot.
With the internally routed dress pack, the movement of the hoses and cables is completely predictable, allowing the robot to operate at maximum speeds and simplifying offline programming. There is no need to account for swinging cables when simulating robot systems, which minimizes the time required for fine-tuning programs by up to 90 percent, the manufacturer states.
The design reduces the exposure of cables and hoses to weld splatter and other sources of overall wear. It can work in narrow spaces and around parts of complex geometry on which the dressing could otherwise catch.