The goal of this project is to build an FPGA based control system for a 6-axis ABB IRB2000 robotic arm from scratch, pwm cores and all. Updates on the development are posted here on the Blog, twitter @logiclow, youtube Logic Low, and on github.

Learn more about the history of FRED, LEFTY, and the rest of the ABB IRB 2000 line over at ABB. Hopefully ABB will grant me permission to post some pages from the operation/programming/service manuals so you can play the home game!

Meet the Team! Well, actually, just meet me right now… Are you an ABB expert with some advice to give? See something incredibly dangerous in a schematic/board/photo/video? Drop me a line on the ‘Contact Me’ form on the bottom of the page and join the team!

Project Goals:

  • Design a new power factor correcting power supply
  • Design a FPGA based 3 Phase VFD and position feedback system
  • Web enable them
  • Teach them to make a Mojito

This is the Story of FRED and Lefty, my 700 pound ABB IRB 2000 industrial robotic arms.

In FRED’s past life, he was a welding robot at a Pratt & Whitney jet engine manufacturing facility in Connecticut. Lefty was a packaging robot at a KODAK X-Ray film plant in Colorado. In their new lives FRED and Lefty will be conquering all sorts of new challenges that we not planned on back around the original release in 1986. With the integration of a vision system, Fred and Lefty will be able to interact with the world in all new ways, considering before they were blind.

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