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ABB’s MultiMove fires the imagination

Brian Rooks (Associate Editor for Industrial Robot)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



ABB has launched a new robot controller, the fifth generation IRC5. One of its major features is MultiMove, a function that enables fully coordinated control of up to 36 axes, equal to four six‐axis robots plus work positioners or other servo devices. This opens up new application areas with a combination of handling and processing robots, including balanced welding and multiple robot manipulation to increase lifting capacity and/or protect large flimsy workpieces. Benefits are higher relative speeds, minimal in‐cycle waiting and improved weld quality. Other features of the IRC5 are its modularity, with a logical split of control and axis drive functions and simple two‐cable connection, and a completely new ergonomically designed interface unit running under Windows CE.NET with full colour touch screen and Windows menus and icons.



Rooks, B. (2004), "ABB’s MultiMove fires the imagination", Industrial Robot, Vol. 31 No. 5, pp. 401-404.



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