Robots Demonstrate The Reach Of The Machine Building Show

Continual demonstrations of industrial robots undertaking typical pickand place tasks using vision systems will be a crowd-pulling centrepiece at this year's Machine Building Drives & Automation show at the Birmingham NEC on 13-14 February.

Supported by the British Automation & Robotics Association, the demonstrations will centre on three robots one of which will be making its UK public debut being displayed by Kawasaki Robotics and Motoman at the exhibition that focuses on drives, motion control system and compressed air technology.

Motoman will be showing two robots: the six-axis HP3 model that has a standard payload of 3kgs (optional 5 kgs); and its latest Scara-type S450, a 5 kgs capacity model that has a 450 mm stroke, a z axis of 170 mm and a t axis repeatability of +/- 0.015 mm. The Motoman duo will be shown using vision systems in a typical pick-and-place scenario using sample parts.

Kawasaki will be demonstrating the capabilities of its FS20N machine operating with a 3-D vision camera first identifying product, then performing pick-and-place tasks. The FS20N is a 20 kgs payload six-axis industrial robot that has a vertical reach of 2193 mm, a horizontal reach of 1773 mm and a repeatability of +/- 0.1 mm.

Featuring dozens of industry suppliers all displaying the latest in industrial automation aids, the Machine Building Drives & Automation show will also offer a special programme of Industrial Networks for Automation programme discussing the choice, design and use of ASInterface products and networks including functional safety systems -as well as an overview and practical demonstration of Profibus and Profinet systems, from configuration to data exchange.

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