Cartesian Motion System

New Product Announcements From: 3/31/2004 Modern Machine Shop

To reduce the time required to specify, design and install multi-axis systems, the company has introduced its Cartesian Motion System (CMS) which are pre-configured Cartesian robots in 1, 2 or 3 axes. The system uses standard compact modules and servodrives and can be ordered pre-assembled or as a ready-to-assemble kit.

Comprising up to three axes, it is designed for payloads up to 25 kg, speeds up to 1 m/s, and acceleration rates up to 15 m/s, the company says. Depending on the chosen axis combination and size, the motion system can execute strokes up to 1,000 mm in the X axis, 700 mm in the Y axis and 800 mm in the Z axis. The range of motion provided makes the new system useful for pick-and-place applications in assembly cells and at transfer stations as well as for packaging and other handling applications, according to the company.

The system combines compact modules with mounting brackets, servomotors, controllers, cables, cable management and other necessary components to form a complete, ready-to-install handling system with a variety of communication interfaces. The system is pre-parameterized, so it is ready to “plug and play” into an application, resulting in installation and debugging time reductions. To save additional time in the project engineering and design phase, the company also offers a 3D CAD generator. The operator chooses the desired configuration and the preferred file format. A link to the 3D drawing is provided immediately, so the operator can download it at his convenience, the company says.

Compact modules and their accessories are low-maintenance technology. The CKK compact modules used in the system, consist of a compact frame made of precision-extruded aluminum with an aluminum cover and a polyurethane sealing strip to protect the internal components. Two integrated ball rail systems, a precision ballscrew with large screw diameters and leads and double floating bearings, have been tested for long service life and offer the dual benefit of high travel speeds and precision, the company says.

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