Stäubli North America in Duncan, S.C., is showcasing its new TX2 line of collaborative robots at the Automate trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago April 3-6 — and also has announced an Automotive Technology Day in Novi, Mich., on April 20.
At Automate, the company also will debut its MPS tool changers.
Staubli will simulate a smart factory where different TX2 models work together in several interconnected cells. The TX2 is offered in six models sizes, and can handle loads between 4.4-33 pounds, and with a reach between 515 and 1,450 millimeters.
“Such [collaborative] robots are generally subject to excessive restrictions on load and dynamics, which is why we have adapted out standard robots to work with people without compromising on performance,” said Sebastian Schmitt, Stäubli North America's Robotics Division manager.
To ensure maximum safety when working alongside people, every movement of the robot is monitored by sensors. Also, all the coordinates of the robot, as well as its speed and acceleration, are recorded in real time. For the TX2 series, Stäubli has opted for configurable, safe input/output models, as well as real-time Ethernet field bus systems that the company claims ensures maximum safety and compatibility.
The MPS tool changers — shown at Automate 2017 in MPS 130 and MPS 260 products, are designed for the medium-payload segment, rounding out the line of tool changers.
For information on the Automotive Technology Day, contact Paul Deady, automotive segment manager for Stäubli North America, at [email protected]