ABB Robotics unveils second generation IRC5C compact industrial robot controller

Renowned for its outstanding performance and quality, the footprint of the IRC5C is now up to 25 percent smaller than the original compact model

UBURN HILLS, Mich. (January 28, 2015) - ABB Robotics has unveiled the second generation of its IRC5C compact controller; now up to 25% smaller than the original compact model, and 87% smaller than the standard cabinet controller. A full-fledged member of the IRC5 family of industrial robot controllers, the IRC5C comes equipped with the majority of the functionality and benefits of its larger counterpart, with a compact footprint of 310h x 449w x 442d mm (12.2"h x 17.7"w x 17.4"d).


The new IRC5C also comes equipped with a clean operator panel, and improved cable connections for easier access and use. There are now, for example, external connectors for all signals, and a built-in, expandable 16-in, 16-out I/O system.

"The design team has delivered a more compact IRC5C, with many significant accessibility improvements and a more powerful CPU," said Nick Hunt, product technology manager, ABB Robotics. "Customers of our smaller robots will benefit from easier integration and exceptional versatility, while saving valuable space without sacrificing performance."

Despite its small size, the IRC5C retains the superior motion control of the IRC5, featuring TrueMove and QuickMove, central to the well-known performance of ABB robots in terms of accuracy, speed, cycle-time, programmability and synchronization with external devices. The controller also makes it exceptionally easy to quickly integrate additional hardware and sensors, such as ABB's Integrated Vision.

Featured Product

E4T & S4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoders - Available in CPRs up to 500

E4T & S4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoders - Available in CPRs up to 500

High resolution. Limited space. Not a problem for our latest miniature encoders that provides precise feedback and is easy to install within smaller-sized applications. Now available in 400 and 500 CPRs. Coming in at about the size of a nickel, we've added our proprietary Opto-ASIC sensor technology and improved quadrature for even greater motion control. Product Features: 10 resolutions up to 360 CPR, plus new 400 and 500 CPR resolution; 288 configurations available, including single and differential output; Compact form factor • 0.866 inch (in) / 22.00 millimeter (mm) package outside diameter • 0.446 in / 11.33 mm package height • Fits NEMA 8, 11, 14 and 17 motors; Simple and efficient assembly process • Four-piece construction • Push-on hub disk design, patent pending; 100 kilohertz frequency response; Shafted version up to 0.25 in / 6.25 mm diameter.