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01. December 2006

Talking about a revolution

Talking about a revolution

first class protection for robots

Foundry Prime is the ABB innovation that revolutionizes the water jet cleaning of production parts. 

ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has created a brand new protective system for robots working effectively against heat, wet and dirt without an extensive protective covering.

The results of this formation are astonishing and stand for substantial production progress in a so far not existing dimension. 

First element of the pioneering development is the unique Foundry Prime finishing:

The Foundry Prime protection consists of several components generated especially for a long-life cycle of the robot even in extreme environments.

The robot itself is made up of anticorrosive parts and works with pressurized motors, purpose-built against permeation of humidity. Even the electronics are certainly protected against wetness. To secure the robot from the outside it is protected with a 3 layer epoxy-painting extra for the aggressive surrounding of a cleaning cell. 

So the Foundry Prime protected robot withstands 100 % humidity and water vapor of a typical water jet cleaning application. In the very specific application of water-jet cleaning with high humidity the robot can operate at moderate speed with a cleaning-bath temperature up to 60 degrees Celsius. 

The second element which makes Foundry Prime unbeatable is, that it enables an absolute new production concept whereby different parts can be cleaned by only one cell-integrated robot. This saves time and money in a considerable scale and increases the productivity remarkably.

The idea is well thought-out:

Due to the fact that a special protection cover is not necessary, the robot with Foundry Prime protection is as flexible as a standard robot. This flexibility simplifies programming and enables the construction of significant smaller production cells where many different parts can be cleaned by only one robot in the same cell. Thereby substantial reprogramming for the conditioning of different parts or time consuming modification of the cell drops out. Only the programming of the robot control has to be adjusted to the changed geometry of the workpiece. 

High-pressure treatments now can be carried out in different applications. The water jet cleaning application can be used for removing cooling and cutting oils after machine tool operation as well as for chip and flash removal after machining. 

This all means a great advance for production. Process optimizations and adjustments are finished in shortest time and with smallest effort. The Foundry Prime protection enables the combination of proved cleaning processes with the flexibility of a complete integrated 6-axes-robot in one production cell without additional protection covers, foils or shields which are vulnerable to attrition.

Furthermore this new system convinces by durability with low costs for maintenance and service. 

Foundry Prime has been presented to the public with great succes at the exhibition parts2clean in Friedrichhafen, Germany in November 2006.

So Foundry Prime is yet another contribution to save time and money and constitutes a production facilitation for the customer.

Reliable technology combined with innovation potential is the foundation for the confidence of ABB customers in our products.


ABB (www.abb.com/robotics)
is the world leading robot manufacturer. As a global leader we are yet committed to build strong customer relationships. Our customers benefit from both: global competence and local accessibility. Whether you are looking for an off-the-shelf or a tailor-made solution, we can provide the system fitting exactly to your needs. In the field of robotics ABB operates through a network of more than 5.000 employees based in about 100 countries all around the world. More than 125.000 ABB-robots installed worldwide speak in favor for themselves.



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