Collaborative robot New industrial cobot delivers high speed, accuracy and safety
Automation specialist ABB has launched the Swifti CRB 1300 industrial collaborative robot, bridging the gap between industrial and collaborative robots. Combining high speed and accuracy with expanded load handling capability of up to 11 kg, the cobot can be used in a wide variety of production and product handling applications.
With the Swifti CRB 1300 industrial collaborative robot, ABB has launched a solution that is six times faster and five times more precise than other robots in its class. The combination of high payload capability — up to 11 kg — and speed improves production efficiency by up to 44 percent, ABB claims. In a typical palletizing application, its speed and performance enable it to handle up to 13 boxes per minute compared to the nine boxes possible with other cobots in its class.
Powered by ABB’s Omni Core C30 and C90XT controller, the Swifti CRB 1300 is up to five times more precise than any cobot in its class, making it ideal for tasks requiring consistent accuracy and repeatability. This, combined with a top speed of 6.2 m/s, and payload options from 7 kg to 11 kg and reaches from 0.9 to 1.4, enables the cobot 1300 to perform a range of higher payload tasks including screwdriving, assembly, pick-and-place, and palletizing. With protection against dust and moisture (up to IP67), it can also be used in demanding environments, making it ideal for machine tending applications.
The Swifti CRB 1300 prioritizes operator safety, with a safety laser scanner integrated with ABB’s Safe Move collaborative safety software. The technologies enable safe collaboration to be achieved without the space and cost associated with installing protective fencing or other physical barriers.
If the laser scanner detects a worker within the cobot’s operating area, the Safe Move software will automatically slow the robot or stop it completely. As the worker moves away, movement will be restored, returning to full speed for full productivity only once the working area is completely clear. As a further protective measure, a built-in interaction status light provides a visual indication of the cobot’s status when a worker is within the workspace area. Integrating the scanner and software is simple, with Safe Move’s software add-ins enabling workers to quickly set up a safe working zone and other safety features using their handheld Flex Pendant operating unit.
The same simplicity applies to programming: Users can set up the robot by either physically guiding it through a process (lead-through programming), or through ABB’s new Wizard Easy Programming software. Based on simple graphical blocks, Wizard Easy Programming makes programming accessible for non-specialists in robotics.
The Swifti CRB 1300 is part of a wider cobot portfolio covering payloads from 0.5 to 11 kg, with options including the Yumi single and dual-arm robots, the Gofa CRB 15000 and the Swifti CRB 1100 industrial collaborative robot for payloads up to 4 kg.