ICON Premieres PKM

ICON Technologies, a division of Hydromat (Booth S-8348), is showing the company’s new Tripod 700S Powerflex for the first time in North America.

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ICON Technologies, a division of Hydromat (Booth S-8348), is showing the company’s new Tripod 700S Powerflex for the first time in North America. It is a modular six-axis machining center that uses parallel kinematics machine (PKM) technology for actuation.
 
The machining motions are delivered in X, Y and Z axes using interpolation from the machine’s three parallel legs anchored above the work zone. The design delivers the work-zone flexibility of a robot with the structural stiffness and accuracy of a traditional machine tool platform.
 
An integral main spindle head mounted on the PKM struts delivers the additional axes of motion, enabling the cutting tool to orientate from vertical through horizontal planes. This flexible design is especially suited for machining complex workpieces where access to features on the part may be difficult.
 
The Tripod Powerflex design tends to reduce absolute positioning and orientating errors due to lowered mass of the machine’s structure, the company says. Its stiff design is capable of high speed motion from point to point and for contouring operations.
 
The Hydromat booth will also show the latest developments in rotary transfer technology and, with the company’s Edge Technologies group, the latest in bar feeder and material handling technologies.

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