Pick and place systems bring speed and accuracy to automated assembly processes thanks to standard selective compliance assembly robot arms (SCARAs) that can accelerate in a circular motion. Other pick and place systems use Cartesian robots, which can move in multiple directions.
Despite their benefits, however, SCARAs and Cartesian robots may not be appropriate for every pick and place application. Often, these multi-axis robots may be too large or cost-prohibitive to implement. Or, they may not give system designers the flexibility they need. For example, some generic SCARA robots only offer 270 degrees of rotation.
A third option, based on rotary electric actuators, offers an attractive alternative. Our Rotac Plus rotary actuators feature a modular design and can be configured with our linear axes, SM Series linear slides and other products as part of a cost-effective and compact AW Mini SCARA pick and place system. The Rotac Plus actuator can provide a supporting base for the system, as shown in this video:
Occupying a small footprint, these rotary actuators feature exceptional rigidity for very accurate positioning — even in applications with heavy loads. They also have a simple and highly stable Kevlar-based transmission system with micrometer-level calibration for excellent positioning repeatability. Additional features include:
Configure a Mini SCARA System
When you implement Automationware components as part of an AW Mini SCARA system, you take advantage of a host of features and benefits:
Taken together, an Automationware Rotac Plus-based pick and place system can rotate beyond 360 degrees while saving space and delivering a better price-to-performance ratio versus that of a generic SCARA robot. It also provides greater flexibility to adjust parameters, such as angle and speed, when application needs change.
Rotac Plus rotary actuators, linear axes and SM sliders are all available from IKO, Automationware’s U.S. distribution partner. Visit www.automationwareusa.com, or contact IKO at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To see the AW Mini SCARA system Rotac rotary actuators in action, watch the video.