Modular kits for DIY robotics integrators
18 March 2010
Parker Hannifin has introduced a range of modular automation and robotics kits, ranging from simple twin axis assemblies through to integrated multiple axis gantry and palletising robots. The company is also offering a custom design and engineering facility for applications where standard systems are unsuitable.
Unlike traditional methods of building modular systems the new modular automation kits are generally available on a relatively short lead-time and are designed for self-assembly on-site either by the customer or, if required, by Parker's engineering team.
A typical modular automation kit includes components such as framework, motors, gearboxes, drives, sensors and cables. This can be extended with the addition of extra modules, while increasingly complex multiple axis gantry, assembly or packaging systems with a sophisticated control infrastructure, can be constructed quickly and cost-effectively, either on-site or at one of Parker’s factories for delivery as a pre-configured and fully tested system.
Based on standard Parker electromechanical, pneumatic, drive and control technologies, the latest range of modular automation kits are capable of delivering exceptionally high levels of performance, accuracy and reliability. For example, speeds of up to 5m/sec are possible over extended stroke lengths, with precision and repeatability typically to within plus or minus 0.05mm, with load handling up to 1,600kg.
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