Bridging the gap between industrial and collaborative robots

24 February 2023

ABB has launched the SWIFTI CRB 1300 industrial collaborative robot to bridge the gap between industrial and collaborative robots.

With a load handling capability of up to 11kg, the SWIFTI CRB 1300 can be used in a wide variety of production and product handling applications – from machine tending and pelletizing to pick-and-place and screwdriving. 

The SWIFTI CRB 1300 incorporates several features that can improve production efficiency by up to 44% compared to other cobots in its class.  In a typical palletizing application, SWIFTI’s speed and performance are said to enable it to handle up to 13 boxes per minute compared to the nine boxes possible with other cobots in its class. 

Powered by ABB’s OmniCore C30 and C90XT controller, the robot has a top speed of 6.2m/sec, and payload options from 7kg to 11kg and reaches from 0.9 to 1.4, which enable it to perform a range of higher payload tasks including screwdriving, assembly, pick-and-place, and palletizing. With protection against dust and moisture (up to IP67), it can also be used in demanding environments, making it ideal for machine tending applications. 

The SWIFTI CRB 1300 prioritises operator safety, with a safety laser scanner integrated with ABB’s SafeMove collaborative safety software. The technologies enable safe collaboration to be achieved without the space and cost associated with installing protective fencing or other physical barriers. 

If the laser scanner detects a worker within SWIFTI’s operating area, SafeMove will automatically slow the robot or stop it completely. As the worker moves away, movement will be restored, returning to full speed for full productivity only once the working area is completely clear. As a further protective measure, a built-in interaction status light provides a visual indication of the cobot’s status when a worker is within the workspace area. Integrating the scanner and software is simple, with SafeMove’s software add-ins enabling workers to quickly set up a safe working zone and other safety features using their handheld FlexPendant operating unit. 

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