An inspection camera and lighting required a precise reciprocating tracking motion back and forth over a 2 meter length in less than 3 seconds. The ability to vary the speed of travel and control the position of the inspection camera while performing optical inspection was also needed during process development. The inspection module needed to be an add-on element to existing processing equipment. Structural beam strength, smooth motion, and independent "plug and play" controls were necessary.
When a client sought a solution to handle the programmable dispensing of adhesives for part of an automated packaging system, Macron engineers delivered. Macron Dynamics worked in conjunction with a distribution partner to design and manufacture a two axis XY, low cost gantry for this programmable adhesive dispensing application.
The irregular work envelopes of traditional jointed articulating arms may require redesign of existing workspaces. SCARA and articulating arm robots might be the most recognizable form of robot on the market today but look to gantry robots for getting the big jobs done in the least amount of space. Gantry robots also called Cartesian robots are almost ubiquitous with automation but for reasons beyond the scope of this article here are not quick to be regarded as serious robots. Due to their simple design, low cost and scalability and the myriad of motor and control software solutions, this is changing.
A product test station required an overhead transport system with integrated frame. Due to testing parameters the entire system needed to be non-reflective. Standard clear anodized aluminum components would not meet the requirement.
A measuring sensor module required guidance and tracking over a long distance and at high speed rate. The sensor travel requirement was 36 meters at a speed of 50km/hr. At more than 118 feet, actuator length was quite long in this application but not a problem for the Macron 14. Macron designs are well suited for long distance automated motion requirements and environments.
The pick and place system is used in the clothing manufacturing industry and is an integral part of the clients packaging automation. Multiple Macron 6 belt driven linear actuators were used along with customized MacFRAME machinery framing.
In the aerospace industry, inspection of components is vital to success and safety. This ball screw positioning table was developed when a client in the aerospace industry approached Macron engineers about designing a table for inspecting panels.
This large automated gantry system spans a grid of 45 feet by 27 feet of travel. Developed by Macron for use as a calibrating and inspection tool, the gantry masks a large military tracking system used to monitor the location of fighter jets.
This automated motion system was designed for use in the automotive industry for moving very heavy loads from one area to another during the manufacturing process. The actuator cart for this application was a completely custom designed and manufactured by Macron mechanical motion engineers to accommodate very heavy loads.
This XY motion system used dual Macron 14 linear actuators to ensure extremely tight accuracy specifications were maintained in the manufacturing of window frames. The smooth operating, zero backlash belt driven actuators allowed that each part of the window frame would be brought together consistently and accurately each time for welding.