ABB releases upgrade to fastest press tending robot

2013-11-11 - The latest IRB 6660-100/3.35 redefines the envelope in press tending: larger blanks, longer distances at 15% shorter cycle time.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been developing robot-based press automation solutions for more than two decades. Its latest variant, the IRB 6660 100/3.3 is up to 15 percent faster than its counterparts.

To expand the usefulness of this industry favorite, ABB has extended the IRB 6660’s reach to 3.35 metres from 3.1 metres. The new variant increases the distance between press lines to between 8.5 metres and 8.7 metres and allows the robot to handle larger blanks with very short cycle times.

“We’re excited to provide our customers with this upgrade,” says ABB’s Robotic Product Specialist Paolo Maggi. “It guarantees flexibility and speeds that far exceed the capabilities of other press tending robots on the market.”

Recognised as the fastest press tending robot on the market for large blanks, the IRB 6660-100/3.3 is, on average, 15 percent faster than the competition. Suitable for both new and existing press tending manufacturing lines, only the robot’s arm length has been changed, allowing customers to easily and cost effectively upgrade their existing assets.

“The new variant demonstrates ABB’s commitment and expertise in press tending,” adds Maggi. “It will help customers meet their production requirements, and save significant costs associated with press tending automation.”

ABB ( 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 145,000 people.

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