Large ABB Robots Boost Material Handling in EV Battery Line

ABB has added two new robot families to its portfolio of large robots for complex manufacturing applications. They offer enhanced speed, accuracy, flexibility, and a more robust design including integrated process cabling.

As such, ABB’s IRB 5710 and 5720 robots deliver increased productivity and enhanced performance with higher uptime. These are suitable for applications, including electric vehicle (EV) manufacture, foundry, forging, rubber, plastics, and metal fabrication.  

Available in eight variants, IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 present a choice of options for payloads from 70 to 180kg and reaches from 2.3 to 3m. Together, the two robot families are fit for a wide range of production tasks including material handling and machine tending and assembly. They are also suitable for specific operations in EV manufacturing, such as battery module picking and placing, high precision assembly, and parts handling. The benefits offered by the robots also make them ideal for use in plastic molding, metal casting, cleaning, and spraying applications.

The IRB 5710 and 5720 families are available in eight variants.

Meet Demand for Growing EV Market

“These new robots accelerate ABB’s continuing expansion into the rapidly growing EV market. Thus, meeting customer demand for robust units with the speed, path accuracy and dexterity to handle complex EV battery assembly duties,” says Joerg Reger, Managing Director of ABB Robotics’ automotive business line.

“The switch from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs especially is driving increased demand for fast, adaptable production lines. EV designs can often be highly complex; and components, such as batteries and semiconductor modules can be very heavy or extremely fragile. These demands call for solutions that can offer maximum precision and repeatability to avoid errors in production,” Reger added.

Powered by OmniCore Controller

Both robot families are powered by ABB’s new OmniCore controller V250XT, the latest addition to the OmniCore controller family. It features ABB’s TrueMove and QuickMove motion control technology. Thus, the OmniCore V250XT controller enables the IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 robots to offer class-leading speed, improving production capacity with lower manufacturing times.

They feature excellent position repeatability (0.04 to 0.05mm), path repeatability (0.1 to 0.14mm), and path accuracy (1 to 1.2 mm). Hence, IRB 5710 and IRB 5720 are more accurate than other robots in their classes. This allows them to deliver the highest levels of manufacturing quality.

IRB 5720

LeanID Integrated DressPack

ABB’s LeanID Integrated DressPack enables process cables to be routed inside the robot’s upper arm and along the wrist rather than externally. It provides further protection against damage and cable wear and tear. Hence, eliminating swinging cables, protecting against heat and collisions, a common cause of robot maintenance issues. With these, downtime and maintenance cost and extending the robots’ service life are potentially reduced by several years.

LeanID also makes it easier to program and simulate with predictable cable movements in ABB’s RobotStudio® offline programming software.

LeanID Integrated DressPack enables process cables to be routed inside the robot’s upper arm.