The EPSG has demonstrated a tripod robot with servo motors and drives from three different manufacturers, proving that Powerlink enables vendor-independent automation systems to be synchronised without compromising speed or precision.
Tripod robots are mainly used for fast pick-and-place applications, with the high demands on dynamics and accuracy calling for high-speed, precise synchronisation of the three built-in servo drives.
A tripod robot (also referred to as a delta robot or parallel kinematics robot) equipped with servo motors and drives from three different manufacturers was showcased by the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) at the Nuremberg SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 trade fair. Connecting the drives supplied by KEB, Yaskawa and B&R using Powerlink guarantees the real-time synchronisation and improved dynamic properties that are essential for the high level of accuracy that is required.
Stefan Schoenegger, an EPSG director, comments: "This multi-vendor tripod robot highlights Powerlink's excellent dynamic capabilities and complete freedom of integration. Just use Powerlink and vendor-independence is ensured, broadening the choice of components for even the most challenging applications."