Simple robot for automated handling

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "Simple robot for automated handling", Industrial Robot, Vol. 27 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Simple robot for automated handling

Simple robot for automated handling

Keywords: Robots, Automation, Handling

With manufacturers competing to produce increasingly complex robotic systems with more and more computer controlled axes, it is refreshing to learn that Comau has introduced an easy to use, 3/4-axis robot capable of a wide variety of pick and place applications (see Plate 5).

Called SMART $5, it has a load capacity of 10kg and may be floor mounted or inverted. Its configuration is based on a vertical, 800mm column along which a gripper carriage moves at up to 1.25m/s.

Plate 5The new SMART $5 three-axis robot from Comau UK may be programmed easily to perform a wide range of handling tasks highly productively

Another CNC axis is provided by a rotary base which swings the column through ±152.5 degrees, giving the robot a large working envelope. Speed in this axis is very rapid at ±280 deg/s, considering that the robot's horizontal reach is 800mm.

The third degree of freedom allows the gripper arm to swing ±25 degrees at 480 deg/s. An optional fourth axis allows a four-degree horizontal or vertical tilt of the gripper.

Repeatability of position is ±0.3mm, providing sufficient accuracy for virtually all handling jobs. Control is from the proven Comau C3G Plus controller. Another feature of the robot is its wide operating temperature range, from 0 to 45°C.

The high speed, flexible SMART $5 complements the existing range of Comau robots which includes more than 20 basic models plus customised variations. Comau UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Comau SpA, Turin, part of the Fiat group. The company offers an extensive programme of automation solutions to industry.

For further information contact: Robert Lewis, UK Sales Manager, Comau UK Limited, Unit 3, Hortonwood 32, Telford, Shropshire TF1 4EU, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1952 670396. Fax: +44 (0) 1952 670398.

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