November 5, 2017 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Nov. 5, 2017 – In an effort to address the needs of robot integrators, Motion Index Drives’ LazerArc division began manufacturing the 7th Axis Slide, or Robot Transfer Unit, customized to fit various applications.
According to the company, the robots are ideal for repetitive assembly operations, such as drilling, fastening, composite layup, welding, trimming, routing, painting and coating. The Robot Transfer systems can be fit into various automated robotic systems, whether it is a material handling job, paint, and assembling or welding application. 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 the modular base design, the company says unlimited travel lengths could be achieved by mounting them end-to-end, adding that 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. Users can choose from a floor-mounted, elevated or inverted configuration.