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Mitsubishi's new robot can reach items at its base

24 June 2010

Mitsubishi Electric has added a new model to its robot line-up, designed to work in confined spaces and perform intricate arm movements. The arm of the RV-2SDB robot can reach items right next to its base, so the space required for the working cell can be minimised and the robot can perform a greater range of movements and tasks.

Load carrying capacity is up to 3kg in a ‘wrist down' position or 2kg in other wrist positions, while a maximum combined speed of 4,400mm/s ensures fast cycle times and increased productivity. Despite this rapid cycling capability, the robot does not sacrifice positional repeatability, allowing precise manipulation of assemblies and work pieces down to +/- 0.02mm.

An Ethernet link to the robot controller comes as standard, and the robot’s standard SSCNET III interface allows an MR-J3-B servo axis to be controlled directly over a high performance, noise free optical link.

The RV-2SDB also benefits from a comprehensive suite of software tools to simplify the tasks of system design and validation while minimising engineering time. RT Toolbox 2 provides the main tools for programming the robot system, debugging and planning optimum cycle times for maximum productivity. MELFA-Works can take existing system design data from CAD software such as SolidWorks and use this to simulate the operation of work cells and systems.

The RV-2SDB has six axes of movement, a reach of over 500mm, with a repeatability of 0.02mm, even under maximum 3kg load.

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