Simpler Controls Trim Robot Cost

Conair in Pittsburgh has modified its latest 4020 and 4030 high-speed beam robots in the Generation IV series with simplified controls that trim cost by at least 10%. The new Progress electronic control has an icon-driven panel and freely programmable templates developed by Conair or the user.

Conair in Pittsburgh has modified its latest 4020 and 4030 high-speed beam robots in the Generation IV series with simplified controls that trim cost by at least 10%. The new Progress electronic control has an icon-driven panel and freely programmable templates developed by Conair or the user. Programs can also be built step by step from scratch. A PC link and floppy-disk reader allow programming off-line. Up to 99 programs can be stored.


The 4020 model is suited to machines up to 500 tons while the 4030 model is for presses up to 1000 tons. Both units can have pneumatic, CNC electric, or brushless servo drives. Generation IV robots boast 10% to 15% faster acceleration and a more compact wrist block that reduces mold-opening requirements. Electro-pneumatic components are mounted on the vertical arm to permit floor-level access.