The larger payload IRB 2600ID
model features a flexible conduit in its upper arm/wrist for routing cables and
hoses for signals, air and power, fully integrating the process equipment with
the robot. Supported by IRB 2600 family performance benefits such as superior
speed, flexible mounting options, an increased work envelope and unmatched path
repeatability, the newest IRB 2600ID model is designed for a wide range of
material handling and machine tending applications.
With the internally routed dress pack the
movement of the hoses and cables is completely predictable, allowing the IRB
2600ID to operate at maximum speeds and simplifying off-line programming.
Without needing to account for swinging cables when simulating robot systems,
the time required for fine-tuning programs is minimized by up to 90 percent.
With the increased payload, including a total upper arm load of 26 kg, the IRB
2600ID is suited for applications including case packing, carton handling,
process tray handling, small format palletizing, plastic injection molding, machine
tool tending, die cast machine tending, and, with a "Foundry Plus 2" protection
option, many foundry machine tending applications. The IRB 2600ID can be
mounted in multiple configurations and features a work envelope that extends
well below its baseline, making it useful for machine mounted applications.
Hoses and cables firmly
secured and protected inside the robot arm and wrist swing far less during
operation, reducing their exposure to cutting fluids and other sources of
overall wear. This increases
significantly the working life of the cables and hoses, and improves the
robot's predictable motion, allowing it to work in narrow spaces and around
parts of a complex geometry on which the dressing could otherwise catch. Cable and hose replacement costs are
decreased by 75 percent and up to three production stops per year can be
With its compact design and without loose
hoses and cables the IRB 2600ID has a small footprint, with a swing base radius
of only 337 mm and a base width of only 511 mm. The reduced risk of
interference with other robots allows for productive, high-density
installations with 50 percent more robots, and up to 50 percent higher output
from a typical production cell. ABB's patented Quick-Move motion control
software ensures that maximum acceleration is used at all times and that cycle
times are consistently shorter.
The IRB 2600 robot family, first introduced in Q4 2010, is the latest of ABB's
medium capacity range of multipurpose robots.
It offers the best accuracy and speed in its class, improving
productivity through increased output, faster cycle times and lower scrap
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