Festo has introduced the Handling Guide Onlineconfigurator for Cartesian robots. This new productivity tool significantly reduces engineering overhead for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and speeds delivery to laboratory equipment, electronic light assembly, end of line packaging, food and beverage, automotive, and machine tool manufacturers.
Equipped with basic application information such as load, cycle time, load voltage, and workspace size, a design engineer can specify a single axis, 2D or 3D Cartesian robot and receive a CAD drawing of the robot in about 20 minutes. Quotes arrive on average within 48 hours. OEMs have the option of ordering the systems fully assembled or as disassembled modules.
“The real breakthrough is that the OEM design engineer simply has to know the application, not the Festo product line,” said Tom Worsnopp, Product Manager for Electric Automation at Festo. “All of the effort to choose the right components and to ensure they are correctly paired happens behind the scenes in seconds. An additional benefit on top of reducing engineering overhead is that the Festo ERP system creates a seamless ordering and delivery experience for the OEM.”
X, Y, and Z modules contain actuator, connection shaft, adapter plates, and energy chain. Options include motors, servo drives, sensor package with multi-point distributor, cables, and tubes. Systems can mix electric and pneumatic systems and OEMs are not locked into Festo motors or servo drives.
The recently opened Festo distribution and assembly center in Mason, Ohio, will assume assembly and shipping responsibilities for Cartesian robots in 2017. Bringing assembly to a more central location will reduce delivery time to about three weeks, a decrease from six today. As the program matures additional Cartesian robots, including the Festo H- and T-portals and tripod robots along with control cabinets, can be specified through the Handling Guide Online.
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