IRB 390 FlexPacker Parallel Robot Enhances Order Fulfillment

June 13, 2020

Featuring a faster, higher payload and a more flexible delta robot, the IRB 390 FlexPacker supports customized packaging; vertical packing and high-speed, high-variation sorting; and on-demand order picking in logistics and e-commerce fulfillment centers.


Designed for customers in Food & Beverage, logistics, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods industries, the IRB 390 is ideal for secondary packaging and higher payload applications, with the speed and flexibility to support Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) and Retail Ready Packaging (RRP). Possible uses include secondary packaging in food (dry and wet), beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, pet care (food and more), CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods), and logistics.


The IRB 390 has NSF H1 Food Grade Lubricants and is built of FDA-compliant material, suitable for use in hygienic environments. FGO and FGG (H1) are used in all exposed gearboxes and bearings.


Advances in technology, including robot speed and payload, as well as AI-enabled vision systems, gives customers the unprecedented ability to recognize and handle a greater variety of products in a more agile and flexible way. Manufacturers can build a complete solution for pre-sorting and group packing by combining the IRB 390 FlexPacker with the IRB 360 FlexPicker.


FlexPacker is also designed to work with PickMaster Twin, ABB’s robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking and packing applications. PickMaster Twin features digital twin technology, allowing the building of simulated packing stations to optimize the picking process. The software increases productivity by dramatically shortening commissioning times from days to hours and changeover times from hours to minutes while maximizing overall line efficiency. The software also features a powerful color vision system that can support up to 10 cameras for accurate position guidance and feature inspection.


IRB 390 FlexPacker will launch at the end of 2020. The IRB 390 FlexPacker robot will be available as a four and five-axis variant delta robot. It is 35% faster than the IRB 360-8/1130 FlexPicker, with a 45% increase in reachable volume and a payload of up to 15 kg.