WEB EXCLUSIVE A new three-axis, servo-driven robot is the smallest in a series of low-cost models from Sepro Robotique of France, represented here by Sepro America LLC, Pittsburgh. The robot was introduced at the Fakuma show in Germany last fall and will make its North American debut at NPE 2009 in Chicago this June. The new Axess 7 model is designed for presses from 22 to 88 tons and holds a max. payload of 6.6 lb. The electrical cabinet is on the beam rather than the floor. Standard horizontal stroke is 1000 mm, vertical stroke is 800 mm, and demolding stroke is 400 mm. Speeds are up to 6 ft/sec. Cost is about 25% less than Sepro’s Generation IV robot. The robot allows simultaneous motion on all three axes. Sepro also introduced its Visual 2 controller for Generation IV robots. It cuts PLC response times from 100 down to 20 millisec and allows users to manage peripheral units. A PC editor/monitor function creates and fine-tunes programs in a familiar Windows environment. An Ethernet or Wifi connection allows programs to be created and transferred to the robot from a remote location. An Eco mode button limits power consumption during any programmed cycle. New vacuum-control software lets you see the on/off operation of vacuum and the set-vs.-actual values during operation. (412) 459-0450 * www.seproamerica.com
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Editor PickIf Two Arms Are Better Than One, Are Four Better Than Two?
Robots with two main arms have proven useful in applications ranging from stack molds to IML to insert molding and performing a variety of post-mold operations. The concept has evolved to the point that a single robot chassis can have two kick assemblies with one or two arms apiece.