Entry-level SCARA robot widens applications

Historically, robots were not considered viable in entry-level applications because of high cost, difficulty in installation, and support complications.


With Cobra i-series, robot installation is reduced to mounting the unit and connecting power, says Adept Technology.

Historically, robots were not considered viable in entry-level applications because of high cost, difficulty in installation, and support complications. Adept Technology Inc .—a leading manufacturer of robotic systems, motion control, and machine vision technology founded in 1983—recently announced its new Cobra i-series robots intended for applications now using dedicated automation or manual procedures. Simpler design, plug and play installation, and ease of use reportedly enable these stand-alone SCARA (selectively compliant articulated robot arm) machines for their expanded role.

"They are the only self-contained SCARA robots in the world with the controller built into the robot arm," says John Dulchinos, vice president of sales for Adept. This results in a machine easier to install and operate, he explains, which, along with a much smaller footprint, suits basic automation tasks such as:

  • Mechanical assembly;

  • Part transfer;

  • Material handling;

  • Packaging, palletizing;

  • Machine tending;

  • Screw driving; and

  • Other entry-level uses.

Cobra i600 and i800 robot models can run completely standalone under Adept’s MicroV+ operating system and programming language. There is no need for an external controller, electronics, or breakout box. Commands from PC programs, digital I/O devices, or a PLC can control the robots.

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering, fbartos@reedbusiness.com

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