ABB Robot Draws the Crowd at Petrosains Science Festival
Oct 6 : The sight of ABB’s nimble IRB 120 at work fascinated visitors who thronged the Petrosains Science Festival held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from September 13 to 18. It was a novel experience for many to be up close with an industrial robot and to be able to appreciate its speed, precision and agility.
The star of the show was aptly called ‘Little Picasso’ as it drew portraits of excited visitors in a matter of minutes each. In fact, completing each masterpiece was as easy as 1-2-3:
Step One – select preferred photo or take a picture on the spot using a mobile phone
Step Two – transfer image to a programming code
Step Three – robot reads code and draws lines to produce exact replica of image
The IRB 120 was earlier unveiled by YBhg Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, Chairman of PETRONAS, during the official launch of the Petrosains Science Festival. As part of the launch, the robot drew the Science Festival logo amidst dazzling fanfare and an enthusiastic crowd.
Themed 'Discover. Create. Innovate', the annual program is consistent with the objective of Petrosains which is to boost interest in science by integrating elements of interactive games, fun experiments and creative engagement in its programs.
Held since 2013, the festival brings together private corporations, public institutions, academicians, researchers and other organizations in taking an out of the box approach towards science and technology to propel the nation forward.
The IRB 120 is ABB's smallest ever multipurpose industrial robot, weighing just 25kg. It can handle a payload of 3kg (4kg for vertical wrist) with a reach of 580mm. Commonly used for rapid pick and place applications, it is a cost-effective and reliable choice for operations involving high production outputs.