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Mitsubishi sets new performance benchmarks with F Series SCARA robots

19 July 2012

The new the new F Series SCARA robot extends Mitsubishi’s RH range of MELFA SCARA robots, setting new benchmarks for speed, flexibility, ease of integration and simplicity of programming. Combining a wide area of coverage with one of the industry's fastest cycle times, the F Series can boost productivity on critical production lines.

Designed for long term reliability, low maintenance use in challenging environments, the F Series is easily upgraded to IP65. Wiring is routed internally through the spindle and includes as standard, an Ethernet connection for end effectors, sensors and vision systems. Other standard features include, tracking functions, USB and additional-axis connections.

The robot can use a standalone controller or one embedded in an iQ Platform module for direct integration with Mitsubishi PLCs and PACs. For multi-robot installations, the IQ Platform provides 'cooperating robots' as a standard function. This allows two robots to jointly lift a workpiece, sharing the load and allowing easy transfer of long objects. An 'anti collision' function means robots can work close together.

Offline programming is simple via Mitsubishi's RT ToolBox2 PC based software, which integrates the company's whole range of automation platforms – PLCs, servos, motion controllers, variable speed drives, HMIs, PC-based controllers and CNC systems. An alternative programming option is through MELFA Works 3D robot and working cell programming and simulation software which helps the user to check for errors or collisions before it is run in the real application.

The RH-6FH can lift up to 6kg, while the RH-3FH can lift up to 3kg. With a cycle time of under 0.30 seconds, performance is over 205 picks per minute. The reachable area is from ±127° to ±170°, well behind its base.

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