Six-axis robots for harsh and contamination-free environments

23 July 2021

ABB’s 6-axis IRB 1300 industrial robot includes new protection elements that enable it to be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes.

The IRB 1300 is now available in IP67, Foundry Plus 2 and cleanroom ISO 4 versions which expands its use in tough environments, with high levels of liquids and dust.  This requires intrusion prevention, which has been achieved by sealing all electrical components, which enables it to be employed in applications such as electronics manufacture, automotive, and metals fabrication.

For added protection in metals applications including metal die casting, sand casting, forging and machining, the Foundry Plus 2 version includes the use of stainless-steel on the end effector. This will prevent rusting that can occur when liquids are applied to wash away dust particles and metallic debris. 

For applications requiring a clean production environment the IRB 1300 ISO 4 cleanroom version features a number of measures to help eliminate the risk of contamination. Key features include the use of chemical resistant exterior paint which helps avoid paint degradation when using cleaning agents that protect against bacteria. The robot’s design also minimises the number of gaps where bacteria could form, providing an added level of protection, while a particle filter and a fully sealed design prevent grease, oil and particles from coming into contact with the products being handled.

Featuring a footprint of 220mm by 220mm, the IRB 1300 is suited to use in confined spaces, enabling more robots to be deployed in a specific area if required. 

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