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ABB and Esab have joined forces to create the ultimate arc-welding robot, designed for ‘plug and play’ within half a day.

Combining the best of each partner’s expertise in welding and automation, the new, comprehensive package includes: ABB’s versatile, high performance IRB1600, IRB1600ID or IRB2400L robots; Esab’s Aristo W82 Integrated robot package; and the user’s preferred choice of torches.

The robots are available directly from ABB factories and are ideal for welding carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium.

The Aristo W82 robot package is also ideal for the retrofit of existing robots, giving them a new welding life.

The robots feature Esab’s Aristo W82 robot package – a complete set of welding equipment and consumables, based on the latest digital power source technology.

The package consists of: the Aristo Mig 3001i, 4001i and 5000i inverters; the Aristo W82 Integrated interface; the Robofeed 3004w ELP encapsulated wire feeder; cable packages; and the Marathon Pac bulk drum with robot-quality welding wire.

The Aristo Mig inverter-based power sources – designed specifically for robotic MIG/MAG welding in metal fabrication industries – represent Esab’s latest generation of digital power sources, offering up to 500A/39V at 60 per cent duty cycle.

The Aristo W82 Integrated interface is built-into the ABB’s IRC5 robot control unit, which has a major advantage in the sense that both the robot and the power source can be operated from a single pendant.

The power sources are easy to use with the user-friendly W82 control facilities, which feature the full library of Esab and ABB synergic lines developed for thin-plate welding.

Intelligent Esab process functions such as Qset, Superpulse and Weldpoint are included.

The Robofeed 3004w ELP encapsulated robot-mounted wire feeder is four-wheel driven.

It has important functions for robotic welding such as: manual forward and reverse inching; shielding and cleaning; gas purge; gas sensor; air test and anti-collision detection; and motor current control.

These are all accessible through the IRC5 control unit.

Esab’s Truearc-Voltage system is built-in for continuous measurement of the arc length.

Windows in the casing allow visual inspection of the feeding mechanism without having to open the feeder.

The wirefeeder is easy to connect/disconnect using quick connectors.

The Robofeed 3004w ELP features the ELP (Esab Logic Pump) switch, which ensures water cooling is only provided when a water-cooled torch is connected.

Cable packages connecting the Aristo Migpower sources to the Robofeed 3004w ELP wire feeder are available in 7.5m and 10m lengths for the ABB IRB 1600, IRB 1600 ID and IRB 2400L welding robots.

Other lengths are available on request.

Esab’s Marathon Pac range offers a choice of three drum sizes for a variety of wire types, including robotic quality wires such as OK Aristorod, matt stainless types and 1.2mm OK Tubrod 14.11, all of which can be incorporated in the Aristo W82 robot package.

As part of ESAB, a world leading supplier of welding and cutting solutions, ESAB Group (UK) Ltd have access to a product research and development programme, the envy of the welding industry.

The brand is synonymous with world leading expertise  and today the company produces consumables and equipment for virtually every welding and cutting process and application.

As a logical step following his invention of the covered welding electrode back in 1904, Oscar Kjellberg founded ESAB. Since then, the company has constantly improved on existing methods and materials. At the same time, ESAB has developed new methods to meet the challenge presented by technological progress.

More than 100 years of continuous research, development and manufacture have made ESAB a world leader in welding, cutting and also an international supplier of products, know-how and services that none can match.

At is UK headquarters, ESAB Group (UK) Ltd have a team of highly experienced and qualified staff who are always available to offer help and advice on all aspects of welding and cutting. 

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