The RCP-DELTA robot and control system from Aerotech (Piitsburgh, PA) is available in four models that support payloads up to 3 kg, with X/Y operating ranges of 500/800/1100/1300 mm, and an optional continuous rotation about the Z axis (yaw). The robot can sustain 200 pick-and-place operations per minute with peak acceleration on the order of 15g. The control system is based on the company’s A3200 Machine Controller. The networked, distributed architecture provides a scalable platform upon which additional robots, I/O, and positioning devices can be integrated. External sensors are supported with industry-standard fieldbuses (EtherCAT, Modbus TCP, Ethernet/IP™, and others) or applications operating in the real-time enabled Windows® operating system. Additional Delta robot-specific functions are included for common robotic operations such as target queues, tracking moving material, and teaching tool/part locations.

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