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ABB Wins Red Dot Award for FlexPacker Industrial Delta Robot

ABB’s IRB 390 FlexPacker® industrial Delta robot designed for ultra-fast packing has been chosen for the Red Dot Product Design Award – the second ABB robot to receive the prestigious award in two consecutive years.

The global Red Dot Design Awards recognize achievements in product design, with the jury – comprised of over 50 international design experts – testing and evaluating thousands of entries every year. In 2022, the Red Dot Award panel looked for products that showed design quality and a high degree of innovation – attributes that informed the FlexPacker’s development from the beginning. The award reflects the importance of design in robotics as more automated solutions are rolled out to collaborate with humans and compliment skilled work to make production safer and more sustainable.

The FlexPacker Delta robot was designed specifically for ultra-fast, high payload picking and efficient packaging of goods up to 15kg. During its development, particular focus was placed on shelf-ready packaging, in which the products can be placed vertically, making it ideal for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer-packaging segments. Equipped with either four or five axes, the robot’s ‘tilting’ axis enhances its flexibility, making secondary packaging is faster and more efficient.

The FlexPacker’s appearance reflects its level of functionality, with its white painted coating making it both aesthetically pleasing but also easy to keep clean. Very few horizontal surfaces and a simple, geometric shape prevents the accumulation of debris, helping it maintain its operational speed and precision.

Praised by the judges for its ‘clean design, quality and innovation,’ the FlexPacker boasts two new joints, offering greater freedom. The result of a radical redesign of the standard Delta robot’s parallel arms, these joints offer increased stiffness to withstand additional loads, allowing the FlexPacker to pick up more or heavier items, or use larger, more sophisticated grippers. The joints are sealed, making them maintenance free for the lifetime of the robot.

The FlexPacker Delta Robot is the third ABB robot to win the Red Dot design award after GoFaTM collaborative robot in 2021 and YuMi® dual-arm collaborative robot won the award in 2011.

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