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ABB has introduced an integrated PLC and robot controller for robot cell applications. Combining ABB’s flexible AC500 PLC with its IRC5 robot controller, the newly integrated unit was created to eliminate the cost and space of a separate PLC cabinet and reduce the time associated with the set-up and operation of robotic production cells.
With up to three local I/O boards plus bus communications for remote I/Os, the integrated controller provides users with a single point of control for a range of production cell functions, including peripheral production equipment such as grippers, feeders and ancillary machines. All of the main communications standards are supported, as well as wireless communications, making the integrated controller suitable for virtually any factory site.
To help simplify programming and operation, a software framework is included, removing the need to set-up a communication infrastructure between the robot controller and PLC.