Ceiling-mounted robot suits packaging tasks

Paul Boughton
TM Robotics will be exhibiting at the PPMA show at the NEC between 30 September and 2 October 2008. The company can be found on stand number C71B, where it will be showing a new ceiling-mounted Toshiba Machine Scara robot with vision provided by PCS Industries. The robot is set to find applications in the processing and packaging sectors, where it will be used for a variety of pick-and-place tasks.

According to TM Robotics, the TH450T is one of the quickest Scara robots of its size on the market, achieving cycle times of less than 0.3s. Arm lengths of 450mm and a payload of 5kg complement the TH450's enhanced speed capability, while repeatability is an impressive +/-0.01mm. Linear and circular conveyor synchronisation capabilities are also offered, creating a very powerful package when combined with easily integrated vision systems. At PPMA the robot will be operating hand-in-hand with robust Cognex cameras and vision, provided and integrated by PCS. This resultant conveyor-tracking function makes the system suitable for end-of-line packaging applications.

Nigel Smith, managing director of TM Robotics, comments: "Ceiling-mount capabilities make the TH450 much more versatile. The robot is already in use in a number of applications but its real potential lies in packaging for industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food and cosmetics."

TM Robotics' team will be on hand at the show to answer questions about the entire range of Toshiba Machine Scara and Cartesian robots, as well as ABOT, an innovative system for opening packages in incoming goods operations.


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