ABB’s IRB 1200 robot aimed at machine tending

ABB has expanded its family of small robots with the addition of the IRB 1200. Featuring a compact design, the IRB1200 is aimed primarily at machine tending and materials handling applications demanding flexibility, ease of use, compactness and short cycle times, while still maintaining large working envelopes.

With no offset in the second axis, ABB says that the IRB 1200 can achieve a longer stroke than other robots, enabling it to be placed very close to the workpiece and remain functional. One particular benefit of the robot's long stroke is that it allows for a much more compact installation when mounted on the ceiling inside a small cell, such as in polishing applications. The IRB 1200 comes in two variants: the 700 mm reach model can carry a payload of up to 7 kg, while the longer reach 900 mm variant can carry up to 5 kg.