ABB has launched its smallest ever industrial robot, offering new possibilities for faster, more flexible and high-quality production of wearable smart devices. With its compact size, class-leading payload and unrivalled accuracy, the new IRB 1010 allows electronics manufacturers to increase their production of devices – including smart watches, earphones, sensors, and health trackers – through automation.
“The market for wearable smart devices is accelerating rapidly, with projections estimating double-digit growth between 2022 and 2028,” said Rui Liang, Managing Director of ABB Robotics’ electronics business line. “To meet this growth, companies are demanding compact robotic solutions suited to narrow production spaces that can accurately handle the small components used in wearable devices. Our IRB 1010 meets these demands, enabling companies to maximise output and productivity while maintaining the highest levels of product quality.”
The IRB 1010 is designed to suit the narrow spaces and special-purpose machines typical of electronics production environments. With a reach of 370mm and a footprint of 135mm by 250mm, the IRB 1010 is 30% smaller than ABB’s current smallest robot, the IRB 120.
Capable of handling loads up to 1.5kg, the IRB 1010 has the highest payload in its class and can lift up to three times more weight than comparable robots. This increased payload capacity – coupled with a larger diameter air hose that provides added power for vacuum suction – enables simultaneous handling of multiple objects, allowing more objects to be processed per hour. It also opens opportunities for new applications, including film peeling, material handling, assembly, glueing and inspection.