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ABB wins Red Dot award for FlexPacker Delta robot

July 22, 2022

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

The global Red Dot Design Awards recognize achievements in product design, with the jury – comprised of more than 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. 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.

“I am delighted the IRB 390 FlexPacker received this prestigious award,” said Marc Segura, president ABB Robotics. “We collaborated closely with our customers and developed a robot that could respond to the demand for more shelf-ready packaged products. As a result, we developed an innovative solution that combined speed, payload and dexterity to help our customers make their lines more flexible and able to handle the growth of low volume, high mix and higher payload production. With its clean, simple and modern aesthetic, the IRB 390 was designed to inspire confidence in users.”

The FlexPacker Delta robot was designed for ultra-fast, high payload picking and efficient packaging of goods as heavy as 15kg. During its development, 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 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. With ABB leading the Delta robot segment for over two decades, the FlexPacker is the first industrial Delta robot to win the award and responds to the growing trend for pick and pack solutions, saving space by replacing two six axis robots with a single five axis unit.

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