ABB launches third-generation Foundry Prime robot, reduces maintenance cost by up to 60 percent

IRB 6790 targets high-pressure water jet cleaning applications in harsh industrial environments with 100 percent humidity.

ABB launched at Automatica 2018 in Munich the IRB 6790 Foundry Prime robot, aimed at high-pressure water jet cleaning applications in harsh industrial environments. Leveraging more than 13 years of industry experience, ABB has developed its third-generation Foundry Prime robot to increase reliability and system uptime, while reducing maintenance costs by 60 percent.

Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of Robotics for ABB, said "ABBs longstanding heritage of installing robot systems in automotive factories around the world helps us understand the challenges automakers face today, and how their factories might look tomorrow. This helps us make great robot solutions even better and continue to write the future for automation in the harshest operating environments."

The IRB 6790s high flexibility allows cleaning of different part geometries in the same cell with zero changeover time, which supports mass customization for automotive manufacturers as well as original equipment manufacturers and their tier suppliers. In addition to increased flexibility and productivity, this solution provides increased speed and, on average, five percent faster cycle time. Its design is focused on reliability and system uptime in conjunction with optimized maintenance to enable easier serviceability, which results in lower total cost of ownership.

The third-generation Foundry Prime robot can work in an environment that is normally not suitable for industrial robots, with enhanced protection from heat, cleaning pressure, chemicals, and dirt typically found in harsh and wet environments. It also has IP69-rated protection to prevent water and dust ingress whereas the cleaning chemicals can range up to pH 10. ABB introduced the first-generation Foundry Prime robot in 2005, which was painted orange, the second generation in 2007, which was painted grey, while this third-generation model is offered unpainted yet fully coated.

The IRB 6790 is designed for high reliability in harsh environments and can reduce maintenance costs by up to 60 percent. The robot is available in two variants - one with a 205kg payload with 2.80m reach, and one with a 235kg payload and 2.65m reach.

The IRB 6790 Foundry Prime robot is expected to be available for order in November 2018.

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