To support the growing demand for collaborative robots (cobots), ABB has expanded its portfolio with the launch of two next-generation cobots to its lineup - the 6-axis GoFa CRB 15000 and the CRB 1100 Swifti.
The GoFa features intelligent sensors in each joint to support close human and robot collaboration, and can handle payloads up to 5kg, while the Swifti is an industrial cobot that offers speeds of more than 5-metres per second for payloads up to 4kg.
Supporting the growing demand for heavier-handling cobots
The GoFa is designed to safely work alongside human workers without the space and expense associated with physical barriers, and without jeopardising speed and safety, allowing for maximum flexibility and efficiency.
Easy to install and use, it unlocks opportunities for all users by enabling simple automation of processes involving heavier loads and longer reaches without the need for in-depth programming skills or prior training.
With a reach of 950mm, it offers an effective solution for a variety of applications, including material handling, machine tending, component assembly, packaging and inspection, as well as laboratory automation.
Featuring intelligent torque and position sensors in each of its six joints, it offers superior power and force limiting performance. The sensors also eliminate worker risks by bringing the robot arm to a complete stop within milliseconds when something gets close by.
“With its ease-of-use digital tools, integrated safety features and higher payloads, it significantly expands the potential for cobots due to it supporting a range of new tasks and applications,” says Peter Katsos, head of robotics and discrete automation for ABB Australia.
“It enables more businesses to automate repetitive, mundane and dangerous processes, and to enhance productivity and flexibility, while leaving employees free to do more value-add activities.”
Enabling collaborative working at industrial speeds
The Swifti offers a maximum tool centre point (TCP) speed of more than five metres per second, and is designed to support intermittent collaboration between humans and robot.Based on ABB’s IRB 1100 industrial robot, the Swifti combines a payload of 4kg and reach of up to 580mm with the benefits of safe collaborative operation, and opens new possibilities for enhanced productivity in a wide range of applications, from manufacturing to logistics and beyond.
Integrating a safety laser scanner with ABB’s SafeMove Collaborative safety software, the Swifti prevents injuries by ensuring contact between a moving robot and a human will not occur.
“By enabling safe collaborative operation at higher speeds with its speed and separation monitoring, the Swifti bridges the gap between collaborative and industrial robots,” explains Katsos.
“Utilising the expanded capabilities offered by next-generation cobots like the Swifti enables companies to positively transform their productivity through automation.”
Every installation includes a start-up package that provides access to the support hotline and condition monitoring and diagnostics for the first six months, as well as expert technical support across all industry segments.
Both next-generation machines will be available from March 2021, joining ABB’s cobot portfolio, which now covers applications ranging from less than 0.5kg to 5kg.