Four Robots — Four Reasons

BY ROBERT CAMPBELL, GLOBAL PRODUCT MANAGER, FISNAR INC.

Robots provide an economical solution to dispensing auto- mation and are suited to low, medium and high production environments across a broad Gantry robot steps in automating their dispensing process, an entry level robot is the ideal purchase.

Though this kind of dispens- ing robot has been singled out for With its slim line construction and small work area footprint, an entry level desktop robot is well suited to low volume production runs or a manufacturing project in the early  range of industries.

The initial investment on a dispens- ing robot is quickly recouped, since human error is minimized by eliminat- ing reject components, and produc- tion capacity increases due to higher production cycle times. This leads to significant cost savings.

Accuracy and consistency is guaran- teed with a dispensing robot, as it can be programmed to dispense a material precisely within tolerance as small as

+/- 0.01 mm. While their capabilities may be advanced, dispensing robots are easy to operate and programming them is simple and user friendly with proprietary teaching software.

While their capabilities may be advanced, dispensing robots are easy to operate and programming them is simple and user friendly with proprietary teaching software.

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BEST FOR VALUE

Entry level desktop robots

For consumers taking the first value, it should not be mistaken for a low-quality system comprised of cheap components.

 

Fisnar, for example, has spent many years refining the mechanical design of its entry level robots, to produce compact systems, capable of delivering high performance and accuracy. R & D phase. This model may be small, but it is mighty.

BEST FOR PERFORMANCE

Gantry robots

Easily integrated with in-line industrial automation, gantry robots are loaded with features guaranteed to maximize performance.

Their ball-screw drive system translates rotational motion to linear motion with little friction, resulting in high end precision at every turn. High performance servo motor drive and closed loop encoder feedback, ensures guaranteed positional accuracy to within +/- 0.02mm.

The Cartesian gantry design means that tools aren’t loaded directly onto the robot, instead they are loaded under the robot, facilitating an increased work load capacity. As standard, users can load up to 7kg of weight and upon request this capacity can be increased to 15kg. (Certain manufacturers only.)

Gantry robots tend to have size- able working areas, typically 800 x 600 mm, making them perfect for large-scale dispensing applications. With a gantry robot such as Fisnar’s F9800N users also have the addi- tional option of processing multi- ple parts simultaneously with the step-and-repeat routine – a function which can considerably reduce pro- duction time.

BEST FOR INNOVATION

Inline robots

In today’s market, dispensing robots go far beyond classic gantry and desktop models. Robots are now available in a range of different shapes and sizes and often have unique capabilities.

Leading the way for ingenuity is the inline robot, a model that is becoming ever more popular with users seeking a flexible solution. With the unique capability to create its own working area, the inline robotworks as either a desktop or gantry robotic system, and can be mounted to any surface.

 

This versatile robot can be used on any type of platform requiring a gantry type mounting with open access underneath. An inline robot is also suitable for conveyor-fed automation, and may be installed in work cells, operating as a slave robot.

With the unique capability to create its own working area, the inline robot works as either a desktop or gantry robotic system, and can be mounted to any surface.

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BEST FOR AUTOMATED PRODUCTION LINES

Robotic arms

The flexibility of a ‘Selective Compliance Assembly Robotic Arm’ or SCARA robot, makes it perfect for assembly line automation.

Much like a human arm, a robotic arm is multi-jointed and can bend and adjust to suit ‘pick and place’ applications. With 360º tool rotation, vision offset capabil- ities and adaptation to part place- ment variations, a SCARA robot achieves the highest level of preci- sion. High operating speeds are also possible thanks to the robust AC servo motor powering it.

Networking capabilities enable multiple SCARA robots to be operated by a central information system, while an internal sequencer gives the user control of external equipment.

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