ABB Releases Two New Manufacturing Robot Lines to Increase EV Output

ABB said it new range of manufacturing robots work great for electric vehicle battery assembly duties.

ABB Group

ABB'S new IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 lines of robots come in a number of different configurations.

ABB Group is adding two new lines of large manufacturing robots to its portfolio—the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720.

The new robots are suitable for a wide range of production tasks including material handling and machine tending and assembly, as well as specific operations in electric vehicle (EVmanufacturing such as battery module picking and placing, high precision assembly, and parts handling, the company said.

The IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 are available in range of variants, the company said, with payload options ranging from 70  to 180 kg (154.3 to 396.8 lb.). Reaches range from 2.3 to 3 m (7.5 to 9.8 ft.).

Addressing the EV market

Joerg Reger, managing director of ABB's automotive business line, said the new robots help accelerate the company’s “expansion into the rapidly growing EV market.

“The switch from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs especially is driving increased demand for fast, adaptable production lines,” he added. “EV designs can often be highly complex, and components such as batteries and semiconductor modules can be very heavy or extremely fragile. These demands call for solutions that can offer maximum precision and repeatability to avoid errors in production.”

The benefits offered by the robots also make them ideal for use in plastic molding, metal casting, cleaning, and spraying applications, the company said. 

ABB IRB 5710

The IRB 5710 is designed to address the needs of the automotive industry as it retools for electric vehicles. Source: ABB

Robots designed for speed   

Both robot families are powered by ABB’s new OmniCore controller V250XT, the latest addition to the OmniCore controller family.

Featuring ABB’s TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology, the OmniCore V250XT controller enables the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 robots to offer fast speed and improved production capacity with lower manufacturing times, said the company. 

With their position repeatability (0.04-0.05 mm or 0.0015 to 0.0019 in.), path repeatability (0.1-0.14 mm or 0.0039 to 0.0055 in.), and path accuracy (1-1.2 mm or 0.039 to 0.047 in.), the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 are more accurate than other robots in their classes, enabling them to deliver the highest levels of manufacturing quality, the company claims. 

DressPack protects robot cables  

Further protection against damage and cable wear and tear is provided by ABB’s LeanID Integrated DressPack, which enables process cables to be routed inside the robot’s upper arm and along the wrist rather than externally, the company said.

This eliminates swinging cables, protecting against heat and collisions, a common cause of robot maintenance issues, potentially reducing downtime and maintenance cost and extending the robots’ service life by several years.

LeanID also makes it easier to program and simulate with predictable cable movements in ABB’s RobotStudio offline programming software, the company said.

Both robot lines have multiple mounting options, including floor, angled, inverted and semi-shelf for maximum production design flexibility.

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ABB'S new IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 lines of robots come in a number of different configurations.

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