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ABB robots improve material handling speed and flexibility in the production of electric vehicle batteries.

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ABB expands its portfolio of large robot families for complex manufacturing applications with the addition of two new robot families. The IRB 5710 and 5720 robots from ABB provide higher productivity and improved performance with increased uptime for applications such as electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, foundry, forging, rubber, plastics, and metal fabrication due to increased speed, precision, flexibility, and a more robust design that includes integrated process wiring.

The IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 are available in eight variants, with payloads ranging from 70 kg to 180 kg and reaches ranging from 2.3 m to 3 m. The two robot families work well together for a variety of production tasks such as material handling and machine assembly, as well as specific operations in electric vehicle manufacturing such as battery module pick-and-place, high-precision assembly, and parts handling. The benefits of the robots make them ideal for use in plastic molding, metal casting, cleaning, and spraying applications.

"These new robots accelerate ABB's continued expansion into the rapidly growing electric vehicle market, meeting customer demand for ruggedized units with the speed, path accuracy, and dexterity required to perform complex electric vehicle battery assembly tasks," says Joerg Reger, general manager of ABB Robotics' automotive business line.

"The transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles is increasing the demand for quick and adaptable manufacturing lines. Electric vehicle designs are frequently complex, and components such as batteries and semiconductor modules can be extremely heavy or fragile. These requirements necessitate solutions that provide maximum precision and repeatability in order to avoid production errors "Reger added.

The new OmniCoreTM V250XT controller from ABB, the latest addition to the OmniCore controller family, is installed in both robot families. The OmniCore V250XT controller, which includes ABB's TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology, enables the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 robots to deliver class-leading speed, improving throughput while reducing manufacturing times. The IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 have better position repeatability (0.04-0.05 mm), path repeatability (0.1-0.14 mm), and path accuracy (1-1.2 mm) than other robots in their class, allowing them to deliver the highest levels of manufacturing quality.

ABB's LeanID Integrated DressPack offers enhanced cable protection by allowing process cables to be routed into the robot's upper arm and along the wrist rather than outward. This eliminates oscillating cables, which are a common cause of robot maintenance problems, potentially reducing downtime and maintenance costs and extending robot life by several years. LeanID also makes programming and simulation easier in ABB's RobotStudio® offline programming software by allowing for predictable cable movements.

For maximum flexibility in production design, both robot lines include a variety of mounting options, including floor, angled, inverted, and semi-column.

 

Article Author Gerluxe

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ABB robots improve material handling speed and flexibility in the production of electric vehicle batteries.

ABB expands its portfolio of large robot families for complex manufacturing applications with the addition of two new robot families. The IR...