ST Robotics has launched a new high speed version of its five-axis vertically articulated R17 robot arm.
The company says its new machine compares favourably to the Universal Robots UR5 model.
ST claims its new ST R17HS is one of the industry’s fastest robots.
Standard tool speed is “over four times as fast as the nearest competitor”, yet it’s less than half the price, says the company.
The ST R17HS uses state-of-the-art brushless servomotors and boasts an effective reach of 750mm, a repeatability of 0.2 mm and a maximum speed after acceleration of 480 deg/sec in the robot's waist, elbow, hand and wrist, with a shoulder speed of 300 deg/sec.
"The R17HS is the result of years of development that puts us ahead of the field," said David Sands, President and CEO of ST Robotics.
"Customers are finding it useful for high throughput production as well as testing applications requiring fast motion of test devices."
The R17HS robot arm is available with a new K11R controller, RoboForth II software, intuitive teach pad, simple interfacing with other equipment, cables, manuals, a two-year warranty and unlimited free technical support.
Options include pneumatic, electric and vacuum grippers, and expandable I/O.
The exceptional manuals and support provided make installation and programming surprisingly easy, the company says.
“This phenomenally robust, self-contained, industrial robot system can be unpacked and programmed in just a few hours, yet it is capable of the most intricate tasks. Applications include testing, sample handling and machine feeding. The mean time between failures (MTBF) is 10,000 hours and typically over a million cycles.”
US-based ST Robotics, which has been supplying low-priced, easy to program, ready-to-go, boxed robots for 30 years, is one of the first manufacturers of bench-top robot arms.
Its equipment is used globally by companies and institutions such as Lockheed-Martin, Amazon, Motorola, Honeywell, MIT, NASA, Pfizer and Sony.
ST's robots are ideal for manufacturing, nuclear, pharmaceutical, laboratory and semiconductor industries.