CHICAGO — Despite corporate desires to keep costs in check by using articulated robots, there are times when they simply won’t do the job. The materials to handle might be too heavy or too large, Joe Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing at Gudel Inc., told an audience here at Automate 2017 yesterday. Or the end user may not have taken all process factors into account such as the speed of movement, angle, or weight at full extension. Gantry robots are an alternative worth considering, he said.
Manufacturers continue to build ever-larger articulated robots with increasing capabilities. KUKA’s Titan robot was at one time the largest on the market, weighing more than 4,700 kg (10,000 lb.) and with a payload of more than a ton (1,000 kg). It has already been surpassed twice, and still larger robots are in development.
Articulated arms grow with advances, applications
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