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ABB unveils panel-mounting robot controllers

Posted: 17 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ABB Robotics? robot controller? FlexPendant? TrueMove? QuickMove?

Panel-mounting robot controllers from ABB Robotics

ABB Robotics has unveiled new panel-mounting robot controllers that promise easy integration with existing equipment designs, substantial space savings and high versatility.

In addition, because the new controllers are supplied in chassis form for mounting in the user's own control panel, they make it easy to meet special requirements such as hygienic systems with stainless steel enclosures, and systems which can withstand washdown cleaning.

Providing all the functionality of existing fully enclosed controllers, the new models are 250mm deep. This makes them particularly easy to accommodate, while the elimination of the integral enclosures allow useful cost savings to be made, the company said.

These fifth-generation products have been designed to provide end users with simplified application planning, set up, operation and maintenance of single- or multiple-robot cells. Used in conjunction with the controllers, FlexPendant hand-held terminals, with touch screens and Windows-style operation, provide an intuitive yet powerful user interface.

To ensure maximum versatility, ABB said its new panel-mounting robot controllers feature a modular design, with separate modules for robot control functions, axis drives and process control functions. This modularity makes it easy to configure assemblies, which exactly match the requirements of the application, as well as making the systems straightforward to service and upgrade, explained the company.

The new units can each control up to four robots, allowing significant economies to be made in multirobot installations. The TrueMove and QuickMove technologies used in the controllers automatically optimize motions for all robots and external axes, while MultiMove functionality allows fully synchronous operation of multiple robots, opening up application areas which would otherwise be difficult or impossible to address.

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