Robots with six axes of motion are commonly considered to have the highest level of axes available for articulated robots and cobots (collaborative robots). One well-known addition to this is a seventh axis that is sometimes added to move a robot between work cells.
To expand further upon the range of robot motion axes, Festo has developed a new multi-axis system for Universal Robots’ cobots. According to Festo, this system, which is certified by Universal Robots (UR), can add up to four axes of motion beyond the cobot’s six axes.
A seventh axis provided for by the FMCP can be used for extending the range of action for a UR cobot in applications such as palletizing and machine tending. Festo’s EGC belt-driven or ball-screw linear axes, which can be used with FMCP, come equipped with a cobot mounting plate. Standard EGC axes are available in lengths of up to 8 meters with up to 10 meter axes available by request.
In keeping with UR’s no programming needed to set up and operate their robots, the FMCP also does not require a user to have any programming skills to set it up and no additional PLC is required. The multiple axes of motion are configured through the UR HMI. Festo says users only need to set position, speed, and acceleration on the HMI or, using the URCap toolbar, move the axes in manual mode to configure the robot’s motion.
A range of vacuum, mechanical, and Magswitch magnetic grippers, including the cobot smart gripper E30, can be used with FMCP. Festo says automatic tool changers are also available.