ABB IRB 5710 and 5720 industrial robots

As labor shortages in manufacturing industries continue to rise, a continued increase in demand for robotics is expected. Along with this increase in robotic hardware, the growth in associated software intelligence should also help make robots more adaptable to new applications and allow less experienced users to use them more easily.

Two new robots from ABB, the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720, have been developed to solve these industrial problems. According to the company, the new robots offer position repeatability of 0.04 to 0.05 mm, path repeatability of 0.1 to 0.14 mm and path accuracy of 1 to 1.2 mm, which makes them faster and more accurate than other robots in their class. Additionally, their software intelligence allows them to be mounted in many configurations, including floor standing, angled, inverted and semi-shelf, increasing design flexibility. Both robots are available in eight variants, with payloads ranging from 70 to 180 kg and reach from 2.3 to 3 m. ABB notes that the two robots are designed for materials handling, machinery maintenance and assembly production tasks in applications such as forging, rubber, plastics and metal fabrication.

The robots also feature integrated cabling, which uses ABB’s LeanID Integrated DressPack, which allows cables to be routed inside a robot’s arm and wrist, rather than outside. protecting them from damage and wear. According to ABB, this reduces downtime and extends the life of the robots.

On board both robots is ABB’s OmniCore V250XT controller, which includes the TrueMove and PathMove modules of ABB’s RobotWare controller software. TrueMove ensures that the path of motion followed by the robot is the same as the programmed path regardless of the speed of the robot, while QuickMove allows robots to self-optimize in such a way as to guarantee maximum acceleration at all times, minimizing cycle times as well.

Mavis R. Bernier