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TM Robotics has introduced the latest Toshiba Machine SCARA robot, which is claimed to meet the increasing speed and productivity demands needed for use in the manufacturing industry.

Designated the TH650A, the new robot has the same footprint as the previous version (TH650), while providing more power.

The payload is 10kg and the arm length is 650mm – identical to the previous version.

However, compared with some competing models, the robot’s working envelope is substantially larger, with axis one and two combining to provide a near-360deg working area, according to TM Robotics.

An internal wiring harness reduces wear and tear as well as the height requirement of the cell.

The robot’s TS2100 controller uses the SCOL programming language, which is similar to Basic.

This language is used across the Toshiba Machine SCARA range, facilitating integration with older models.

Motion control commands include single-axis motion, synchronous motion, linear interpolation, circular interpolation and arch motion.

There are 31 +7 external inputs and 22 +10 external outputs.

System inputs can be used for start, stop, reset and servo-on functions, while system outputs are for alarm, emergency-stop and status functions.

Options include Toshiba Machine’s TSPC programming software for 3D simulation of the robot movement and additional input/output.

Ethernet and fieldbus (Devicenet, Profibus and CC-Link) communications are intended to provide advanced programming flexibility.

Further options include linear or circular conveyor synchronisation, which, together with an integrated vision system, provides advanced pick-and-place functionality.

The Toshiba Machine robot range will now extend from the TH-180, which has an arm length of 180mm, through to general-purpose SCARAs with arm lengths between 250mm and 1,050mm.

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