ABB Robotics has added an Integrated Dress pack (ID) model to its IRB 2600 range of mid-sized material handling robots. The 1.85-m reach, 15-kg payload IRB 2600ID model features a flexible conduit in its upper arm/wrist for routing cables and hoses for signals, air and power, fully integrating the process equipment with the robot. Supported by IRB 2600 family performance benefits such as superior speed, flexible mounting options, an increased work envelope and unmatched path repeatability, the company says that the newest IRB 2600ID model is specifically designed for a wide range of material handling and machine tending applications. With the internally routed dress pack, the movement of the hoses and cables is completely predictable, allowing the IRB 2600ID to operate at maximum speeds and simplifying offline programming, the company explains. Without needing to account for swinging cables when simulating robot systems, the time required for fine-tuning programs is minimized by up to 90 percent. With the increased payload, including a total upper arm load of 26 kg, the IRB 2600ID is suited for such applications as case packing, carton handling, process tray handling, small format palletizing, plastic injection molding, machine tool tending, die cast machine tending and, with a “Foundry Plus 2” protection option, many foundry machine tending applications. The IRB 2600ID can be mounted in multiple configurations and features a work envelope that extends well below its baseline, making it ideal for machine-mounted applications, the company says. The IRB 2600ID has a swing base radius of 337 mm and a base width of 511 mm.