ABB’s welding robotics range showcased at SteelFab 2013

2013-01-17 - The latest arc welding robots were unveiled to potential customers at the largest steel exhibition in the Middle East and Africa region. The complete robotics range offering key solutions for the welding and steel fabrication industry were promoted at the Sharjah Expo in Sharjah, UAE.
The standard arc welding package IRB 1410 robot was in action demonstrating how it can work in the steel industry.

“This ABB technology is quite unique. Our robots are the only ones of their kind at SteelFab. We have robots installed at about 100 bases throughout the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman region – this shows that robot usage is not alien to this part of the world. Our local presence is to primarily support and give better after sales and service to our customers. Moreover we get numerous web enquiries for robots and spares. Our challenge is to educate the customers and show the benefits of our robotic product ranges,” said Sunil GK, sales engineer, Robotics, Discrete Automation and Motion, Gulf.

Global trade is now shifting permanently eastwards – China and India alone are expected to account for almost one-fifth of global trade flows by 2020. Being an ideal gateway to the entire Middle East and North Africa, Europe and the Indian sub-continent, SteelFab Middle East offers a platform to reach out to a fast-growing and important world market.

Robots increase productivity

Based on research by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) robots can increase production output rates, reduce operational costs, improve process quality and workplace health and safety. Additional benefits include increased product manufacturing flexibility, reduced material waste and increased yield. Robots can also reduce labor turnover and the difficulty of recruiting workers.

The IRB 1410 robot at the ABB stand
The IRB 1520ID high precision robotic arc welder has an integrated process dressing which increases output and lowers operational costs. It combines round the clock production output with a 50% lower cost of maintenance to deliver the lowest cost per weld in its class. All cables and hoses are routed inside the upper arm, simplifying programming and providing optimum protection for all media, including welding power and wire, shielding gas and pressurized air. The integrated dressing (ID) design increases accuracy and extends hose life by 50%.

The IRB 2600ID industrial robot can reduce arc welding cycle times by up to 15%. ABB has launched an additional model in its IRB 2600 mid-range robot family. The IRB 2600ID is the first ID robot to be offered in the range and has a reach of two meters and a payload capacity of 8 kg. It features a unique combination of high payload capacity, a large working range and ID, which routes the arc welding hose package inside the robot’s upper arm and wrist.

Due to ABB’s strong presence in the metal fabrication system, the standard welding package IRB 1410 was also displayed alongside the frequency converter ACS880-01, which is used to control technology such as cranes and pumps in the oil and gas industry and power plants.
As a leading supplier of industrial robots, modular manufacturing systems and service, ABB has a strong solutions focus to help manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. To date, ABB has installed more than 200,000 robots worldwide.

The ABB team at SteelFab 2013