Epson is expanding its range of SCARA (selective compliance assembly robot arm) robots with the launch of its T series of robots that will offer a low total cost of ownership (TCO). The T3, the first product in the series, has recently been released, with a gradual rollout in other regions to follow.
The T3 is designed primarily for simple material handling applications, such as test machine loading/unloading. It provides companies with the opportunity to free operators from repetitive and non-creative tasks such as transporting components, which to date had not been performed by robots due to financial concerns.
- A built-in controller saves space and simplifies robot setup and redeployment, as all controller components are integrated into the robot arm, meaning customers do not need a controller box.
- A battery-less motor unit reduces maintenance and factory downtime. Factory owners do not need to exchange batteries because the T3 is able to record the back-up status of its motors by using a simple mechanical system with the latest motor technologies.
- An end-effector I/O port and a short, stable cable conduit simplify cabling work. The product has an I/O communications port closer to the end-effector, which makes it easier to connect cables to the end-effector and supply power to it. A shorter design cable conduit results in stability while the robot is moving, making it easier to route cables outside the conduit.
- Runs on a low supply voltage (AC100V), using 30 per cent less power than conventional SCARA robots. It also runs on a single-phase alternating current at input voltages ranging from 100V to 240V, meaning that it can also be used in facilities where a large power supply is not available.