Manufacturing & Prototyping

Tabletop Robot

Universal Robots (Odense, Denmark) introduced the UR3 tabletop robot that weighs 24.3 pounds and has a payload of 6.6 pounds, 360-degree rotation on all wrist joints, and infinite rotation on the end joint. The flexible, lightweight robot can work side-by-side with employees. The robot has 15 adjustable safety settings including force sensing that enables the robot to limit the forces at contact if it collides with an employee. Default force sensing is 150 Newton, but can be set to stop if it encounters a force as low as 50 Newton in its route. The robot can pick up screws, and mount and tighten them with the correct torque. In gluing applications, the robot can dose exactly the same amount of glue with constant and steady pressure along a narrowly defined path. It features 0.1-mm repeatability, and can follow the outline of a surface by feel rather than through the programming of movements and coordinates. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-311

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Angle Sensors

Novotechnik, U.S. (Southborough, MA) introduced the Vert-X 2400 compact angle sensors that convert rotational angle into a voltage output. The sensors are available in single and fully redundant versions; diameter of the housing base is 24 mm. Measurement range is 0 to 360° with repeatability of 0.1°. The sensors offer 12-bit resolution and linearity of ±1% of measurement range. The sensors are sealed to IP 67, life is greater than or equal to 20 million movements, and MTTF is over 600 years. The sensors are suited for industrial, medical, and off-highway vehicle applications with an operating temperature range of -40 to +125 °C and high immunity to emissions, meeting or exceeding five EN 61000 and two EN 55000 standards. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-305

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Five-Axis Machining

The VMX30UHSi, VMX42HSRTi, VMX84SWi, VMX60SWi, and VMX60Ui from Hurco (Indianapolis, IN) are 5-axis machines for traditional 3-axis parts with features on all five sides. The VMX42HSRTi has a swivel-head design with a direct drive rotary torque table (C-axis) and is equipped with an 18,000-rpm integral motorized spindle. The VMX42HSRTi has X/Y/Z travels of 42/24/24, and the table’s working surface is 50 × 24". The VMX30UHSi is a trunnion-style 5-axis machine equipped with an 18,000-rpm integral motorized spindle. The VMX60Ui is a trunnion-style 5-axis machine with a 12,000-rpm spindle and X/Y/Z travels of 60/26/26.5". The VMX84SWi features X/Y/Z travels of 84/34/30" and the VMX42SWi features travels of 42/24/24". For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-306

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Part Gripper

The EGP 25 electric small part gripper from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) weighs 110 g and has a stroke of 3 mm per finger. The gripping force can be adjusted on two stages, and maximum gripping force is 40 N. The gripper can handle workpieces up to 200 g, and closing time amounts to 0.09 s. The maintenance-free servomotors are brushless and equipped with cross roller guidance. The mechatronic gripper is based on the platform of the pneumatic MPG-plus small part gripper. Users can transfer the sensor system of the MPG-plus onto the EGP, and existing systems can be changed from pneumatic to electronic. The MPG-plus and the EGP can be mounted from the side or the bottom. The gripper housing is made of high-performance aluminum. It complies with protection class IP30, and is suitable for various applications in small part handling and assembly. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-307

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Controller

The iQ-F Series compact controller from Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) is based on the FX Series and offers synchronized motion control, data logging, and security features. The controller provides embedded functions, including analog and digital I/O, positioning control, and serial and Ethernet communication. An add-on Simple Motion Module allows users to perform synchronous and cam control for up to four axes of servo via SSCNET III/H. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-309

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Linear Stage

Bell-Everman (Goleta, CA) offers the SLS Light sealed linear stage that keeps contamination such as manufacturing debris, particulate, or liquid contaminants outside of the stage housing. The stage measures 80 × 120 mm, and has maximum dynamic payloads of 15 kg for the direct drive linear motor version, and 30 kg for the ball screw version. Both sizes deliver a proprietary linear lip seal design that integrates with the stage’s anodized aluminum housing. The seal is made from a ruggedized polyurethane elastomer and resists chemicals, temperature extremes, and mechanical wear. The seal can be quickly replaced without disassembling the stage or removing payload. Applications include anywhere that contaminants can threaten the operation of a linear actuator, including laser machining, welding, semiconductor, and machining. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-304

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Flow Controller

PISCO USA (Elmhurst, IL) offers a flow controller that features a built-in shock absorber function. It uses a 2-stage speed control to regulate exhaust speed and absorb shock in pneumatic cylinders. The units have three needles to adjust the initial speed of the cylinder (first stage), speed of the brake (second stage), and timing of the speed shift. The second-stage speed provides a cushion and reduces the speed at the end of the stroke. This speed reduction lessens shock by up to 1/9 while retaining the same cycle time. The flow controller is available in 4-, 6-, and 8-mm metric sizes, and 5/32, ¼, and 5/16 inch sizes. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-312

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