A cleanroom-quality version of ABB Robotics' IRB 120 robot was designed to be a fast, compact robot with lower production costs for industries that require a minimum of environmental pollutants during manufacturing. In particular, it is targeted for the electronics, medical, and solar manufacturing industries.
The Cleanroom IRB 120 robot has been tested and certified to Cleanroom ISO 5 (Class 100) by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, a leading independent manufacturing research and analysis provider. The IRB 120 is ABB's smallest multipurpose six-axis industrial robot, weighing only 25kg (55 pounds). It has a standard payload of 3kg (6.6 pounds) and a vertical wrist payload of 4kg (8.8 pounds). Its reach is 580mm, and it can reach 112mm below its base. The model's best-in-class stroke is 411mm, and its repeatability of pose (RP) is 0.01mm.
A cleanroom version of ABB's smallest multipurpose six-axis industrial robot is targeted at the electronics, medical, and solar manufacturing industries.
(Source: ABB Robotics)
"The industries that require cleanroom manufacturing environments continue to grow, increasing the need for a fast and compact robot that meets stringent anti-contamination requirements," Joe Campbell, vice president of the robots and applications group at ABB, said in a press release on the new robot. "We feel the Cleanroom IRB 120 will allow our integrators to penetrate new markets with a cost-effective and reliable robot that generates high production outputs in return for a minimal investment."
Materials used in the components of the IRB 120 that were likely to generate particles were modified in the cleanroom version. This eliminates the possibility of contaminating the manufacturing area and the parts being processed there. The Cleanroom IRB 120 has unpainted stainless-steel mechanical stops, unpainted mounting holes, and special glue seals to avoid particle generation. It can also be easily cloth cleaned, due to a special four-layer paint clear coated with varnish.
Ann, actually, I have found many applications for food processing prefer stainless steel enclosures. I know that this is for clean rooms, but I wonder if the painted surfaces have something to do with issues presented by flat surfaces that are unpainted.
You got it, Beth. Although it's more like materials that don't generate particles in the first place, as any particles in the air are a bad thing. Smooth surfaces with tough paint covered by a clear coat so it doesn't chip and is easy to clean with a non-particle-producing type of cloth, paint on flat areas but not in holes or stops, where there's a lot of wear, and special glue seals. I didn't ask about the white color, but white is pretty common in cleanroom equipment and clothing, probably because it's much easier to spot contaminants on white surfaces.
I would imagine there is a lot of demand for specialized clean room versions of robots. Is the non-painted surfaces and some of the other special considerations what make it "clean" as they prevent the attraction of particles?
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