ABB’s IRB 6640 robot series features a line of highly reliable and speedy 6-axis robots designed to ease applications requiring high payloads and long reaches. The IRB 6640 series is composed of ABB’s latest generation of heavy lifting robots that were designed to replace their highly successful IRB 6600 robot line. These used robots feature heavy payloads with ranges from 130 to 235 kg to be able to handle the heaviest of parts. They also provide an extended reach with ranges between 2550 to 3200 mm. When designing the IRB 6640 robot line ABB made sure to improve upon the IRB 6600 series. Maintenance requirements are reduced with robots like the ABB IRB 6640-205/2.75 in the 6640 series with simplified forklift pockets and more space within the foot area of the robots. They reduced the weight of the robots within this series by almost 400 kg from their predecessors to further ease maintenance and allow for easier installation. These robots utilize ABB’s intelligent IRC5 controls for enhanced motion control, communication, and application programming.
As mentioned above the ABB IRB 6640 robot line is designed for performing heavy payload and long reach applications. The long reach of these robots, such as the ABB IRB 6640-130/3.2, provides them with the capability to operate with a large work envelope. Their work envelope is further expanded by their ability to bend fully backwards, offering greater flexibility within production lines. Even though the IRB 6640 robots can only be floor mounted their backwards capability helps to provide greater access to workpieces and expands their motion. The extended reach and motion make them a great choice for those with dense production lines, especially since ABB robots are known for their collision resistance. This allows them to work amongst additional ABB robots or peripherals without interference. Their inertia capacity also allows for the handling of wide or bulky parts.
What is so appealing about the ABB IRB 6640 robot series is their incredible versatility to be fitted for extremely harsh environments to those that require strict cleanliness. Foundry Pro and Foundry Prime options are available for these units for protection against harsh elements including excessive heat, pressure, chemicals, and dirt. These options are IP67 rated for protection against water and dust. These robots also feature a cleanroom option for those productions taking place in facilities with stringent cleanliness regulations. The cleanroom option for the IRB 6640 robots ensures these units are properly sealed to prevent any contamination occurring from the robots while in operation.
On top of offering different work environment options, these robots are also capable of completing a variety of applications. The ABB IRB 6640-235/2.55 is a perfect choice for spot welding applications with its incredible precision. While the ABB IRB 6640-180/2.55 is great for palletizing with its high payload capacity. Other applications covered by this series include: machine tending, packaging, pick and place, press tending, and material handling. The upper arm extenders and different wrist modules allow for application specific customization. These units can also be integrated with external devices such as tracks, motors, and positioners.