More details are now available on a new high-speed side-entry robot that trims mold-open time by 20% due to higher acceleration. The new Heku 3 robot, unveiled at the Fakuma show in Germany by Hekuma GmbH (represented here by Autotec Inc., Sylvania, Ohio) delivers 60% higher acceleration than the previous Heku 2 model, even while handling end-of-arm-tooling weighing up to 440 lb. Heku 3 has enhanced drive technology that transmits higher torque directly to the shuttle drive, and linear guides that allow high transfer speeds. The robot delivers transfer speeds up to 7 meter/sec with EOAT weighing up to 220 lb and reportedly maintains repeatability of 0.004 in. Maximum speed is 8 m/sec. The robot comes in three sizes with stroke of 67, 83, or 98 in., while a model with 118-in. stroke will be added. The EOAT can pivot 90° to deposit molded parts and pick up inserts. (419) 885-2529 • www.hekuma.com
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