ABB introduces the IRB 1660ID, its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications

The most versatile robot in the mid-size class will allow end-users to increase productivity and quality, with reduced cycle times

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (August 1, 2016) - ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1660ID, its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications. The most versatile robot in the mid-size class, the IRB 1660ID's Integrated DressPack design makes it easier to program and simulate predictable cable movements than standard robots with externally routed cables. The decreased cable wear and damage that also results reduce maintenance costs by 50%, and the compact footprint allows for more efficient robot cell layouts, saving valuable space on the factory floor.


"Our aim from the beginning was to deliver a robot that offers superior and consistent quality in arc welding - as well as a fast, agile and reliable machine tending solution," explains Dr. Hui Zhang, head of global product management, ABB Robotics. "This robot will allow our customers to increase productivity, deliver better work piece quality and reduce cycle times."

To meet the growing demand for superior and even quality in arc welding applications, the IRB 1660ID features a stronger, more rigid upper arm, with a reach of 1.55 m and a payload of 6 kg. It is able to accommodate heavier weld torches, and provides improved wire feeding control near the arc to guarantee high volume production. This, combined with ABB‘s TrueMove™ technology and the new motion process "Accuracy mode," provides 0.05 mm path repeatability for excellent welding results.

The Integrated DressPack allows the robot to move at maximum acceleration and speed, enabling fast and reliable movements ideal for machine tending applications. The risk of collision in confined spaces is also eliminated, and the combined 1,390° working range of axes 4, 5 and 6 provides outstanding agility inside CNC machines.
"As a direct result of close collaboration with our customers, the IRB 1660ID also includes a new generation of accurate, efficient and reliable motors," adds Zhang. "We spent a great deal of engineering effort making the robot as rigid as possible to better protect it, and to equip it for the confined spaces in which it is designed to operate."

About ABB
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

About ABB Robotics
ABB Robotics (www.abb.com/robotics) is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 250,000 robots worldwide.

All ABB Robotics' products are fully supported by the ABB Robotics' global sales and service organization in 53 countries and over 100 locations.

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