Due to the low cost and high flexibility of Robotic Arms, they continue to be a popular choice in manufacturing. Robots are ideal for repetitive assembly operations, such as drilling, fastening, composite layup, welding, trimming, routing, painting and coating. Generally, they are mounted in a fixed location consequently limiting their reach. An additional axis is often required to make the robot more versatile.
Motion Index Drives can provide a heavy duty design to address this issue. It is equipped with high-precision helical rack & pinions that can handle the high dynamic loads and required accuracy. To extend the reach of the robotic arm, it is placed on a support carriage on a seventh axis slide and rack & pinions were chosen to drive the axis. By using rack & pinions in their modular base design, unlimited travel lengths could be achieved by mounting them end-to-end. Another advantage to seventh axis robotic slides is that more than one robotic arm can be placed on the same slide for additional productivity and flexibility.
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