Scalable, open-architecture robot control

25th August 2015
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Scalable, open-architecture robot control

 

The RCP-DELTA, a robot controller that supports payloads up to 3kg with X/Y operating ranges of 500/800/1100/1300mm and an optional continuous rotation around the Z axis, has been introduced by Aerotech.

Extensive use of carbon fibre and light-weight aluminium results in a robot that is capable of sustaining 200 pick-and-place operations per minute with peak acceleration on the order of 15g. With absolute encoders on each motor the robot never has to be referenced, even after a loss of power.

The RCP-DELTA is based on Aerotech’s A3200 machine controller. The A3200’s networked, distributed architecture provides a scalable platform upon which additional robots, I/O and positioning devices can be integrated easily. Multiple programming interfaces provide deployment flexibility by allowing developers to work in the environment that matches their skill sets or application requirements. External sensors are supported with industry standard fieldbuses or applications operating in the controller’s real-time enabled Windows OS.

IP65 protection is standard, and IP69K is available for applications where periodic cleaning with high-pressure water and/or steam is required. The RCP-DELTA supports all standard A3200 programming and control capabilities such as multi-block look-ahead, corner rounding and command shaping.


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