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Heavy duty workhorse joins robot line-up

15 January 2016

A 1000kg payload robot has joined Kawasaki Robotics' heavy payload M-Series. Meeting an increasing demand for handling heavy loads, the new MG10HL's compact design maintains rigidity and accuracy throughout its extensive motion range.

The Kawasaki MG10HL allows applications such as handling automotive floor pans, or complete bodies, between processes to be carried out safely, quickly and accurately using minimal floor space. For applications requiring payloads over the 1000kg limit, a 1500kg option is available.

The lightweight design uses high-rigidity ball screws in conjunction with Kawasaki's hybrid link mechanisms on joint 2, a parallel link, and joint 3, a serial link. The hybrid link mechanism also removes the need for heavy and bulky counterweights and allows a compact footprint  of 1.2 x 1.3m. 

A wide motion range is another benefit of the hybrid link design, enabling up to 4.005m horizontal reach and 4.416m vertical reach. Two 5kW motors on each major axis (joints 1-3) deliver high torque and enable high payloads while maintaining the compatibility of motors throughout the M-Series range.

All M-Series robots are designed to withstand high reactionary torques to the wrist and the MG10HL is no exception; the added benefit of its high-rigidity ball screws on joints 2 and 3 reduce arm deflection and support high positioning accuracy.