A new industrial grade cobot from tech company ABB has been developed for product handling applications in the manufacturing and warehouse spaces.

The ABB SWIFTI CRB 1300 industrial grade cobot can autonomously perform tasks such as machine tending, palletizing, pick-and-place, and screwdriving, among others.

With a payload capacity of up to 11 kg (24.3 lb), a top speed of 6.2 m/s (20.3 ft/sec) and a reach between 900 mm (35.4 inches) and 1,400 mm (55.1 inches), the ABB SWIFTI CRB 1300 is expected to improve a facility’s production efficiency by as much as 44%.

During palletizing applications, for example, the ABB SWIFTI CRB 1300 reportedly handles as many as 13 boxes per minute versus the nine boxes possible with other similar cobots, according to ABB.

Designed to work both independently and alongside human workers amid a global labor shortage, the ABB SWIFTI CRB 1300 features a safety laser scanner that detects nearby workers. If a worker is detected within SWIFTI’s operating area, ABB’s accompanying SafeMove software will automatically slow the robot or stop the robot entirely and resume operations once the worker leaves the operating space.

For more on the ABB SWIFTI CRB 1300, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of ABB.

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