ABB Robotics has added the IRB 930, a pick-and-place robot consisting of three variants for handling 12kg and 22kg payloads, to its industrial SCARA portfolio for applications in packaging, manufacturing, and more.

Apparently providing the highest payload of any SCARA robot in its class, the IRB 930 is engineered for fast, point-to-point tasks in large workspaces with high payloads. Its 22kg variant can handle several heavy workpieces at once, which is said to increase throughput by 10%.

It also offers a 200% increase in push-down strength, according to ABB Robotics, and a maximum downward force of 250N for assembly tasks, screw-driving, and other force-intensive operations.

ABB’s OmniCore controller powers the robot. With its TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology, built-in digital connectivity, and scalable functions, it offers a cycle time of 0.38 seconds and a repeatability deviation position of 0.01mm – thus increasing hourly production rates without impacting manufacturing standards, the company explains.

The robot joins the IRB IRB 910INV, IRB 920, and IRB 920T in the SCARA robot range, which is designed to meet payload requirements between 3kg and 22kg. Among its potential industrial applications are packaging and manufacturing, where pick-and-place and assembly operations call for high speed and repeatability.

“Our latest SCARA addition broadens our portfolio, offering our customers even more automation choices,” said Marc Segura, president of ABB Robotics. “Whether 3C, automotive electronics, electric vehicle battery cells or solar panels, our new IRB 930’s higher payload and longer reach brings the performance advantages of our wider SCARA range to new and traditional segments alike.

“With the global SCARA market predicted to grow to $15.54 billion by 2027 at a compound annual growth rate of 14.4%, the IRB 930 positions ABB well for growth.”

Back in July, ABB Robotics applied its OmniCore controller to four new models and 22 variants in its robot range for payloads between 150kg and 310kg, 20% energy savings, and reach from 2.5m to 3.2m.

ABB has also invested $280 million into a state-of-the-art Robotics Campus in Västerås, Sweden. It is set to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, expand its production capacity by 50%, conserve resources, and increase ABB’s supply to the European market.

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