ABB, a technology company, is extending its robot offering for cleanroom manufacturing environments that need high levels of flexibility and performance. Certified to ISO 14644-1, the updated IRB 1100 is made to combine fast performance in a compact design for industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, electronics, semiconductors, and solar panel manufacturing.
Features include hygienic paint and a sealed body to prevent leakage of contaminants such as grease, oil, and particles, together with a mechanical design that should minimize gaps between the robot’s joints to discourage the growth of bacteria.
Two variants of the robot are available, one with a 4 kg payload and 475 mm reach, and one with a 4 kg payload and 580 mm reach.
This cleanroom version builds on the existing IRB 1100, which is a compact and lightweight 6-axis robot. The IRB 1100 is designed to offer up to 35% faster cycle times than the IRB 120, to maximize productivity, and repeatable accuracy. Powered by ABB’s OmniCore controller, the IRB 1100 is equipped with advanced motion control capabilities in order to support rapid assembly, pick and place, and material handling applications.
With a 10% smaller footprint and 20% lighter than the IRB 120, the IRB 1100 can be installed in areas with restricted space, including existing production lines, for greater production flexibility. The IRB 1100 is certified to the higher ISO 4 cleanroom standard, compared to ISO 5 for the IRB 120, opening potential new applications demanding a higher level of protection.