Robot for high precision arc welding

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ABB has introduced the IRB 1520ID arc welding robot for use in metal fabrication. With integrated process dressing technology, designed specifically for arc welding in metal fabrication, all power cables and necessary gas and pressurised air hoses used in welding are integrated into the arm of the robot providing a shielded dressing or covering.

The risk of sharp metals damaging cables – which can cause serious hazard for operators, is reduced. With the cabling tucked away, the lifespan of the cabling and the robot itself is also extended. 

Besides reducing safety risks for welders, the integrated dressing design increases accuracy and allows for more flexible movements. More uninhibited movement is needed, for example, for single-motion welds around cylindrical objects or hard to reach weld seams.

The IRB 1520ID robot has been designed with a slim upper arm design allowing easy access to narrow spaces. With a reach of 1.5 meters and payload capacity of 4 kilograms, the robot can be mounted on the floor or inverted for flexibility, offering shorter cycle times and a wide range of production possibilities.

The robot interfaces with FlexPendant HMI. With its intuitive, multilingual interface, the FlexPendant can be used by operators with minimum training. The power source interface is also fully integrated so users have full control over voltage, current, speed, gas flow, and other welding parameters from the same interface as the robot.