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Robots with upgraded mechanical design are flexible, fast, functional - and food safe

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Systems Division : 23 March, 2013  (New Product)
The new MELFA F-Series robots from Mitsubishi Electric are designed to be flexible, fast, functional - and food safe. As such they are expected to open up many new fields of usage.
Robots with upgraded mechanical design are flexible, fast, functional - and food safe

Based on a revolutionary new mechanical design the MELFA F-Series robots are extremely flexible and able to reach a far greater working area than other robots. They can even reach round and behind their own base. The compact design allows the robot to work in confined spaces and can be floor, wall or ceiling mounted.

The robots incorporate Mitsubishi Electric servo motors developed especially for the F-Series, a powerful new controller and other high performance components. They are thus able to maintain fast cycle times and high positioning accuracy, for improved productivity. The cycle time for a 12in movement is 0.29s.

The F-Series robots come with their cabling fully enclosed right to the end of spindle for total protection and safety. The cabling includes pneumatic tubing and I/O for hand control, as well as CAT5 Ethernet cabling allowing for easy installation of vision systems or other Ethernet devices, such as sensors, cameras, and additional axis controllers.

When it comes to integration the F-Series controllers can be used as standalone devices or embedded into the powerful Mitsubishi Electric iQ PLC rack. Supporting up to three robots on one rack allows the system to share data, thus enabling features such as automatic collision avoidance and cooperative control. Collision avoidance which is used when the robots are operating within the same workspace preventing the risk of damage. The cooperative function gives manipulation of the same workspace which is perfect for joining two parts together or lifting elongated parts.

The F-Series robots can also support up to eight additional servo axes. This gives them useful additional abilities. For instance they can be mounted onto a linear slide so that one robot can tender two or more work stations.

Commissioning is via a standard PC and is quick and easy using the RT ToolBox2 software supplied with the F-Series. This programming software‘s graphical interface displays imported 3D CAD files, program variables and robot simulations in a clear ease to read format.

Food and beverage producers are increasingly looking at robotic automation. To meet this emerging need the F-Series robots are designed to meet IP67, allowing easy cleaning of the arm, while food safe HG1 food grade grease is used for lubrication. For the pharmaceutical and medical sectors a cleanroom version meeting ISO 3 is available.

Extended service intervals also support the continuous shift operations and ensure a particularly long product life cycle. 

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