ABB recently launched two new variants of its GoFa collaborative robot. The GoFa 10 and GoFa 12 aim to open new possibilities for companies to leverage cobot automation for enhanced efficiency. Handling payloads of up to 10 and 12 kg (around 22 and 26 lbs), the cobots accomplish an expanded range of tasks in close collaboration with factory workers, addressing skills and labor shortages while improving safety and productivity.
In addition to their enhanced payloads, the GoFa 10 and GoFa 12 cobots offer class-beating tool center point (TCP) speeds of up to 2 meters per second (around 6.5 feet per second) with 0.02-millimeter repeatability – a two-fold improvement over comparable solutions. IP67-certified against moisture and dust ingress, they extend the benefits of fast and accurate collaborative robotics to new industrial applications, automating demanding tasks such as machine tending, welding, parts handling, polishing, and assembly. The GoFa 10’s 1.62-meter reach (around 5.3 feet) – 14% more than others in its class and enough to cover US pallets – makes it ideal for palletizing applications.
The GoFa 10 and GoFa 12 cobots are straightforward to program, deploy, and use, lowering barriers to automation for first-time users and SMEs. Set-up is made easy with lead-through programming and ABB’s Wizard easy programming software, allowing even non-specialists to quickly automate their applications by manipulating simple graphical command blocks rather than writing complex programming code.
Pre-installed on the cobots’ ABB’s FlexPendant robot controller, the ABB SafeMove robot safety monitoring app’s cutting-edge safety features, including safe speed limits, standstill monitoring, and orientation supervision, enable close collaboration between robots and factory workers without requiring bulky protective barriers or fencing.
ABB also expanded its large robot range with four new industrial robot arms and 22 variants offering more choice increased coverage and greater performance.
Marc Segura, President of the ABB Robotics Division, recently joined us on The Robot Report Podcast to discuss the new GoFa products and more. Segura is an industry veteran with 25+ years at ABB. He gave us his perspective on the current state of the robotics market, the roadmap for ABB products and the future of mobile robots. He introduced us to the new lineup of ABB industrial robots with changeable link sizes, enabling 22 variants of four base models. You can listen to the podcast below: