Manufacturing is a really crowded field. And we’re not even talking about the competition. Many factories are very crowded places where manufacturers who are trying to keep their costs down make the absolute most of the real estate they must pay for. The challenge is when a more efficient way of doing things comes along, and the carefully constructed labyrinth of equipment needs to be adjusted to accommodate the new process or technology.
In such a case, smaller is almost always better. And when you’re talking about manufacturing, as long as you maintain your quality and efficiency standards, faster is also almost always better. Enter the new, tiny In-Sight® Micro 8000 series – a new family of ultra-compact, stand-alone smart camera vision systems that deliver proven industry-leading vision tool performance at PC speeds.
The small size combined with Power over Ethernet (PoE) minimizes cabling and allows the vision system to integrate into tight or hard-to-reach machinery at any spot on the production line. Using the reinvented PatMax RedLine pattern matching, the 8000 series reduces cycles times and increases throughput while maintaining inspection accuracy.
Watch the In-Sight 8405 in action to find out more.
The lightweight PF400 collaborative SCARA robot from Precise Automation is ideal for applications needing quiet, smooth operation, limited floor space or high safety requirements. The collaborative robot can operate side-by-side with human workers without safety shields. Motions by the PF400 robot will not hurt individuals even if they collide at full speed due to the robot’s intrinsic safety features.
All controllers and harnesses for the PF400 are built inside the robot structure, resulting in a small footprint that’s also easy to set up and can be lifted by a single person. The robot can be mounted on a table and is ready to operate by simply plugging into a standard outlet and adding Ethernet for connectivity to other devices.
Epson Robots, a global leader in robotic technology and precision factory automation, has recently released their C8-Series of 6-axis robots. Built for applications requiring maximum flexibility in tight spaces, the C8-Series offers more reach, faster speeds and more payload in a SlimLine design.
The C8-Series robots have industry-leading cycle times (faster than many SCARA competitor models) with maximum payloads of 8Kg and up 1400mm of reach. The superior motors and servo controls enable fast, precise motion on a smooth path. EPSON’s equipped Residual Vibration Technology uses their QMEMS sensors to detect and adjust for vibration automatically, maximizing speed and accel/decal rates. Epson C8-Series robots feature their RC700-A controller that enables ease of use and reliability. Integrated options, including Vision Guidance, Conveyor Tracking and more, maximize performance and reduce development time.
Like the previously-released C4-Series, the C8-Series features Epson’s SlimLine design, resulting in slimmer arms, less weight and a small footprint while still maintaining high performance and payloads. The compact body and wrist design of these C8/C8L/C8XL models allows for a greater range of motion and the ability to reach confined and restricted work areas. They can access spaces from many angles, continuing to operate with smooth motion and fast speeds.
Epson’s C8-Series robots provide superior performance for demanding, complex applications ranging from component handling to machine loading/unloading to product assembly. The robots are ideally suited for industries including Automotive, Medical, Plastics, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace and more.
In addition to these 6-axis robots, Epson Robots provides easy to use SCARA and Linear/Cartesian models on a common controls platform. Visit our Epson or Robots pages to learn more.