ABB IRB 5500-22/23

FlexPainter – A new way of exterior painting.

Medium-sized paint robot

ABB IRB 5500 FlexPainter takes painting closer to perfection by integrating the paint application equipment. Combined with its large work area and high acceleration and painting speed, the result is the most efficient and flexible paint robot solution for basically any application.

Robot Specifications

IRB 5500-22
IRB 5500-22
Floor mounted
IRB 5500-23
Clean wall rail
Robot footprint (mm) 500 x 680 581 x 718 500 x 680
Weight robot unit (kg) 600 610 600
Weight trolley (kg) N/A N/A 330
Rail system N/A N/A Rail is available in steps of 0.5 m from 2-15 m for 1 robot on rail and 4-8 m for 2 robots on rail as standard. Longer rail can be delivered on request.
Cable chain (mm) N/A N/A 250
Accuracy (mm) 0.15 0.15 Robot: 0.15 (on TCPO) Trolley: 0,3 Velocity rail axis: 1,4 m/sec
Number of axes 6
Payload on wrist 13 kg
Protection IP67 (wrist IP54)
Ex approval Explosion protected Ex i/Ex p/ Ex c for installation in hazardous area Zone 1 & Zone 21 (Europe) and Division I, Class I & II.
Mounting Wall, floor, tilted, inverted, clean-wall rail
Controller IRC5P


Robot version Static repeatability (mm) Path accuracy (mm)
IRB 5500 0.15 ±140º


Axis movement Working range Axis max speed
Axis 1 See work  envelope drawings 100°/s
Axis 2 See work  envelope drawings 100°/s
Axis 3 See work  envelope drawings 100°/s
Axis 4 rotation See work  envelope drawings 465°/s
Axis 5 bend See work  envelope drawings 350°/s
Axis 6 turn See work  envelope drawings 535°/s


Paint savings
Our compact and light-weight paint application components enable us to put vital paint regulation equipment, like the pumps, as close as 15 cm from the wrist. This reduces paint and solvent waste during color change significantly.We have integrated the process equipment in the IRB 5500 FlexPainter in addition to the fully integrated  process control (hardware and software). The IRC5P is controlling both the paint process and the robot motion so you can enjoy substantial savings.Powered by IPS
The “push-out” function integrated in the IPS system is one specific feature that enables a reduction of paint even further. The basic architecture of IPS is built on combining process control and motion control as one, this simplified the system set up and enables for real savings and process perfection.Built for painting
Standard solutions accommodate color change valves for up to 32* colors with circulation, integrated in the process arm of the robot. Also two pumps, driven by integrated servo motors, 64 pilot valves, atomizer control with dual shape air and closed loop regulation, closed loop regulation of bell speed and high voltage control – all fully integrated. Solutions for both solvent- and water-borne paint are available. Please note that more is avalible on special request.Less atomizers, higher flow
ABB’s high flow RB1000 atomizer family is specifically designed for the high acceleration and speed of the IRB 5500 FlexPainter. This unique combination significantly reduces the number of robots needed in a spray booth and provides superior performance and high finish quality.Modular paint components
To integrate the process into the IRB 5500 FlexPainter, ABB has developed a series of light-weight, compact and modular paint application components. This includes color change valves, 2K mixers, air- and paint regulators and pumps. All components are designed for maximum flow.Paint robot control system
IRC5P is a modern control system, specifically designed for the paint shop. With the IPS (Integrated Process System), the userfriendly Ex certified FlexPaint Pendant and RobView 5 it is a combination of standardized functions for the paint installation and to fit specific needs. This package includes standard applications for defining User screens, Program editing and Version control, and many more. RobView 5 can also be a components in a larger Cell control HMI, like ABB FlexUI or other.
New variants with IRB 5500-22 floor mounted and IRB 5500-23 clean-wall rail
The unique design and configuration of the wall mounted FlexPainter IRB 5500-22 has created the largest and most flexible robot working envelope for any paint robot.It takes two FlexPainter IRB 5500-22s to handle jobs that up until now have required four paint robots. The results are lower cost, both initially and in the long run, faster installation, high uptime and reliability.The FlexPainter IRB 5500-22 is specifically designed for ABB’s efficient FlexBell Cartridge System (CBS). The loss during color change is close to zero. It is the best solution for non-batch painting and multiple colors.


  • Faster return on investment
  • Improved reliability of a complete automation system
  • Increased flexibility for new processes and new vehicle models
  • Reduced size and environmetal impact of robotic paint booths
  • Reduced required booth length and width for a robotic paint system
  • Reduced air handling volumes for ventilation
  • Reduced emissions from booth exhausts
  • Reduced machine programming efforts, in time and personnel requirements

Designed for Painting

Collecting Efficiency

The IRC5P is the newest generation paint robot control system specifically designed for the paint shop. Key elements of its user friendly interface are the Exi certified FlexPaint pendent with multi-language support, and the customizable PC software for paint cell supervision, RobView 5.