Smaller, faster SCARA

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 August 2004




(2004), "Smaller, faster SCARA", Industrial Robot, Vol. 31 No. 4.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Smaller, faster SCARA

Smaller, faster SCARA

Keywords: Robots, SCARA, Toshiba

The TH650 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 previous models on every axis and is 1.72 times faster across the four axes on average. It has the same footprint as the previous model and a payload of 10 kg, which means more power in the same sized package (Plate 2).

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 360° 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.

Plate 2 The Robotics (Europe) Ltd launched the TH650 SCARA at MACH 2004

The TH650 is the first SCARA in the Toshiba Machine range to offer an arc conveyor synchronisation facility, which offers even greater flexibility when integrating with a vision system. As a result, the robot is able to complete pick and place functions on circular as well as straight conveyors. The robots can be mounted directly in-line on an assembly line or conveyor, taking up minimal space due to its small footprint.

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

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