Wittmann Group has completely revised additional rotational axes for its W821 and W321 series of compact robots, for molding technical parts that have longer mold cooling times — so the automation can take advantage of this longer cycle time to execute downstream automation handling.
The standard models have three linear servo axes and a pneumatic swivel axis. The vertical axis has a stroke of 1,400 millimeters, with a maximum payload of 26 pounds. In case an additional C-axis should be needed — say, for orientation of the gripper towards the part, using any angle — the maximum payload is nearly unchanged, the company said.
If a servo-rotational B-axis is added, rotating the gripper around the vertical axis, the payload is lowered slightly, to 22 pounds.
Using these different combinations of axes — either a servo B and C axis or a servo B axis combined with a pneumatic C-axis — any horizontal orientation of the parts can be achieved.
The robots also can be used in combination with additional palletizing actions. Using a servo B axis also offers the operator the option of removing parts either from the moving half or the fixed half.
Wittmann Robot Systeme GmbH is in Nuremberg, Germany.
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