Denso has increased the maximum payload capacity of its VM Series six-axis articulated robots from 10 kg to 13 kg. The new payload capacity, an increase of 30 percent, allows the VM-Series robots to handle a wider range of applications, including assembly, dispensing, inspection, machine tending, material handling, material removal, packaging and test handling. Denso VM-Series robots also offer reaches from 1,000 to 1,300 mm, and standard cycle times of 0.89 to 0.95 sec. The long, slim arms of the VM-Series robots allow them to reach easily around tooling or peripheral equipment and into deep, narrow spaces such as plastic injection moulds, the company says. The robots can be mounted on the floor or overhead with no special tooling required. Standard, dust- and mist-proof and Class 100 cleanroom models are available. ANSI and CE compliance allows for global deployment.