Two lines of top-entry servo robots have been redesigned with new controls. The SRRA-a and SRRAII-a models from Sterling Inc., Milwaukee, have a new icon-based E-Touch Web Controller that allows sequences to be programmed through a 10-in. color touchscreen. The Windows XP-based control can send e-mail or import product photos via an optional USB camera package. It can send data to other robots via instant messaging, Ethernet connection, or the supplied 16MB flash-memory card. The handheld teach pendant has a touch pen that allows notes to be written directly on the screen. The controls provide 22 spare inputs and 20 spare outputs, which can be expanded to 200 total.
Configurations range from “economy” pick-and-place versions to ultra-high-speed models. Two-stage vertical arm is standard on SRRAII-a and AERAII-a types.