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you look at the new Trackmotion systems we’re doing, it has a welded, closed-profile design with gussets—it’s like a unibody in a car.” The welded frames give the system much more stiffness with less mass while taking up much less space. “The robot guys want the best ratio of usable work envelope to footprint—they want the smallest dead space around the base of the robot, and the biggest work envelope.” Testing for a worst-case scenario is critical to ensure reliabil-


ity. Where many buyers make a mistake is to just add the weight of the robot and the payload together, Campbell noted. “If the robot weighs 1000 pounds, with a payload capacity of 100 pounds, and I build my track and the bearing structure to sup- port 1100 pounds, that’s guaranteed to fail,” he said. “The worst case is the robot with a full payload, and the full payload is at a certain distance from the toolplate on the robot, then you put the robot at full extension and at 90° to the track so it’s stretched out over the side, move it at full speed and then hit the emergency stop. That is when you need your track to perform.”


Robotic hybrid palletizers for material handling from Intel- ligrated combine robotics with traditional palletizing for increased flexibility and to optimize factory floor space.


Adding Robotic Flexibility to Palletizers


For more flexible palletizing systems, automation and robotics integrator Intelligrated (Mason, OH) has been adding


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