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Shibaura Machine showcases robotics technologies

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Industrial robot distributor TM Robotics exhibited at the Assembly Show October 24-26.

At the event, which took place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il, TM Robotics demonstrated the latest robotic technologies, including the new THE400 SCARA robot (pictured above) and TS5000-SS controller.

As the premium distributor for Shibaura Machine — formerly known as Toshiba Machine — industrial robots, TM Robotics showed the latest robot technologies in stock for the US. The THE400 SCARA robot, which set the standard for subsequent generations of SCARA robots, is the price performer leader in the small SCARA market. The robot offers high-speed operation and high payload capacity, enabling fast-cycle automation in electronics and automotive manufacturing for parts assembly, testing and transfer processes.

The THE400 remains cost-effective while possessing a wealth of features — priced below US$10,000 while offering greater than 99 per cent overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), TM Robotics says. The THE400 can achieve operating speeds of 7000 mm per second, with cycle times of 0.3 seconds when handling a standard 2kg payload. Furthermore, it is built to accommodate a maximum payload of 5kg, with an allowable moment of inertia of 0.06 kgm².

TM Robotics exhibited the THE400 with the latest controller from Shibaura Machine — the TS5000-SS — which is also compatible with THL500, THL600 and THL700 models. Engineered to meet Industry 4.0 standards, this technology serves as the foundation for the forthcoming generation of Shibaura Machine robots.

The TS5000-SS controller offers improved data transmission capabilities, facilitating vibration analysis for intelligent maintenance and delivers three times faster position cycles than its predecessors, offering increased precision during rapid movements.

The TS5000-SS features dedicated ports for status feedback and control, with extra ports prioritized for communication needs, like vision interfacing. Along with eight additional ports for non-protocol communication — four times the count of the prior model — the TS5000-SS is designed for use in smart, connected factories.

“When combined with the TS5000-SS controller, the THE400 provides a formidable automation solution,” explained Nigel Smith, President and CEO of TM Robotics. “Not only that but the controller is 33 per cent smaller than its predecessors, weighing a mere 9kg, — allowing the factory footprint to be kept to a minimum.”

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