TM Robotics has launched the compact and high-speed TH180, which is said to be Toshiba Machine's smallest ever SCARA robot and is suitable for highly precise pick-and-place applications.
These applications are commonly found in the electronics, pharmaceutical and laboratory industries.
The TH180 has a functional payload of 2kg, an arm length of 180mm, and repeatability on the Z-axis of +/- 0.01mm.
Its composite maximum speed of 2.6m/s and typical cycle time of 0.35s are sufficient for most small handling applications.
Absolute encoder positioning detection helps ensure that accuracy is maintained throughout the cycle.
The TH180 has a Class 10 classification, which is essential for applications such as semiconductor manufacture, biotechnology and life sciences.
The robot is controlled by the Toshiba Machine TS1000 controller, which uses the programming language SCOL, similar to Basic.
An optional IP1000 teach pendant can also be supplied to make access easier.
The system also features a built-in TCmini PLC, which allows for control of I/O equipment, regardless of operation and program.
This creates the opportunity to turn the robot into the control centre of the entire cell.