New SCARA offers more power in the same sized package

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 June 2004




(2004), "New SCARA offers more power in the same sized package", Industrial Robot, Vol. 31 No. 3.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

New SCARA offers more power in the same sized package

New SCARA offers more power in the same sized package

Keywords: Robots, Toshiba

TM Robotics has introduced a new Toshiba Machine SCARA robot across Europe (Plate 5). Designated the TH-650, the new robot meets the increasing speed, and thus productivity, demands placed on SCARAs by all sectors of the manufacturing industry. The new robot is at least 1.4 times faster than the previous models on every axis and is 1.72 times faster across the four axes on average. The robot has the same footprint as the previous model, which means more power in the same sized package.

Plate 5 The new Toshiba Machine SCARA, designated the TH-650 is at least 1.4 times faster than previous models across its four axes

Compared to previous Toshiba Machine SCARAs, and most competing models, the robot's working envelope is substantially increased with axes one and two combining to provide a near 3608 working area. Furthermore, the wire harness, which contained the cabling that ran between robot axes, has been replaced with an internal system. As a result, wear and tear is drastically reduced and the height requirement of the cell is also decreased. Payload is 10 kg, which is identical to the Toshiba Machine SR-654HSP SCARA.

The robot's TS2100 controller uses the SCOL programming language, which is similar to BASIC. This language is used across the Toshiba Machine SCARA range, which means upgrading from previous models to the TH-650 is a simple process. Motion control commands include single axis motion, synchronous motion, linear interpolation, circular interpolation and arch motion. There are 31, +7 external inputs and 22, +10 external outputs. External outputs can be NPN or PNP selectable. System inputs can be used for start, stop, reset and servo-on functions while system outputs are for alarm, emergency stop and status functions.

An extensive range of options includes Toshiba Machine's TSPC programming software, for 3D simulation of the robot movement and additional IO. Ethernet and Fieldbus (DeviceNet, Profibus and CClink) communications provide advanced programming flexibility. Further options include linear or circular conveyor synchronisation, which together with an easily integrated vision system provide advanced pick and place functionality.

For more information, contact: Nigel Smith, TM Robotics (Europe) Ltd, Unit 15, The Weltech Centre, Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 2AA. Tel: +44 (0)1707 871535; Fax: +44 (0)1707 393959; E-mail:; Web site:

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