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Cartesian Robot Series Eliminates Calibration Steps

TM Robotics, in partnership with Toshiba Machine, has announced its newest in Toshiba Machine's BA Cartesian series, the BAIII. The Toshiba Machine solution is a true plug-and-play as all cables, junction boxes, brackets, motors and controllers are supplied with the actuators. "This means there is no need for calibration between the motor and the actuator or between the motor and the controller, which enables users to reduce engineering costs and use the BAIII as soon as it is installed," said a TM Robotics spokesperson.

In addition to being plug-and-play, the BAIII robot offers simple programming for user-friendly operation. Other key features include:

  • Length of actuator: Extensive range from 50 mm to 4,450 mm.
  • Availability: Wide range of combinations from single- to two-, three- and four-axis.
  • Applications: Transfer, inspection, palletizing, assembly and sealing.

AC servomotors and absolute encoders are available in all models for accuracy and for eliminating the need to perform a home-positioning routine. The BAIII also includes a high payload capacity, which means a horizontal mass of 250 kgs with a two-axis combination is capable of carrying up to 100 kgs, and the robot can run at a speed as high as 2,000 mm/sec.

SMASHsolar, a California-based company that preassembles frameless photovoltaic (PV) modules with a patented snap-mounting system, is among the first to implement the BAIII on its production floor. The company was looking for not just a robotics partner, but also one that could scale as it grew. "TM Robotics offered us tremendous support in our search for just the right robotic solution, presenting multiple options until we found the best and most cost-effective choice, especially given our limited production space," said Troy Tyler, Founder and CEO of SMASHsolar. "Toshiba Machine's BAIII met our needs for precision, reach, adaptability and more. With the BAIII system in place, we are confident we can continue to increase production and meet our future growth plans with no assembly floor issues."

"As users of the Toshiba Machine Cartesian range can attest, one of the benefits the line offers is that the units can be shipped assembled for usage straight from the box," said the TM Robotics spokesperson. "In addition, the actuators have oil free bearings, allowing for minimal maintenance requirements."

"With this new Cartesian series we are seeing more capabilities being put into the hands of our customers, reducing their need to spend engineering time up front," said Nigel Smith, CEO of TM Robotics.

For more information contact:

TM Robotics (Americas) Inc.

755 Greenleaf Ave.

Elk Grove Villiage, IL 60007


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