ABB expands its range in industrial robots - ABb Robotics introduces IRB 2600 in 12 kg to 20 kg payload capacity

Top Quote ABB Robotics new range of fourth-generation multipurpose robots is designed to increase productivity in machine tending, material handling and arc welding applications. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 19, 2010 - ABB, the leading supplier of industrial robots, launches the latest model in its medium capacity range of multipurpose robots. The new IRB 2600 features a new optimized, compact design that offers a high payload capacity of up to 20kg and an ultra-wide working range.

    The IRB 2600 also offers the best accuracy and speed in its class, helping to increase output and introduce faster cycle times and lower scrap rates for improved productivity. This robot is particularly suitable for machine tending, material handling and arc welding.

    Flexible mounting enables optimized cell designs
    The new robot range has many flexible mounting possibilities including floor, wall, inverted or shelf mounted, which helps to reduce floor space and increases access to the equipment being served. Wall-mounting is a new possibility for a robot of this size. These features enable more creative cell designs in a wide variety of industrial segments and applications.

    Compact, lightweight and fast
    Another key feature of the IRB 2600 is its compact and lightweight design which results in a total arm weight of less than 300 kg. It has the same footprint as the ABB IRB 4600 - the first robot to be launched from ABB's 4th generation mid range - and occupies less floor space than any other robot in its class. This small footprint makes it easier for the arm to reach down below its own base; providing improved access for more flexible and compact production.

    The IRB 2600 is extremely fast and can improve production cycle times by up to 25%. The high speeds and very fast acceleration are achieved by a combination of the new lightweight design combined with ABB's patented QuickMove motion control software.

    Three versions - all protected for hash environments
    The IRB 2600 family contains three versions: two short arm variants (1.65m) for 12 or 20 kg payloads and a long arm variant (1.85m) with a 12 kg payload. Up to 27 kg payload is achievable for pick/place and packaging applications with the wrist vertical.

    ABB also offers the most comprehensive protection program for industrial robots on the market. The IRB 2600 has as standard Ingress Protection IP 67 for the entire robot and further protection levels Foundry Plus 2, Foundry Prime 2 and Clean Room versions are available as options.

    The new robot family is available with ABB's well established and powerful IRC5 Robot Controller and is fully supported by the ABB Robotics global sales and service organization in 49 countries and over 100 locations.

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    About ABB
    ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 175,000 people.

    About ABB Robotics
    ABB Robotics ( is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong customer focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 175,000 robots worldwide.

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