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Next gen industrial robot controller from ABB Robotics

New compact second generation IRC5C is now up to 25 percent smaller than the original compact model.


January 29, 2015
Canadian Packaging

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—ABB Robotics has unveiled the second generation of its IRC5C compact controller; now up to 25 percent smaller than the original compact model, and 87 percent 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 an enhanced 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,” says ABB Robotics product technology manager Nick Hunt. “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, programability 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.

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.


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