Mechatronics solutions provider Stäubli says it will demonstrate the significant impact that ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) robots can have on productivity in electronics manufacturing at the productronica trade fair in Munich. The company is exhibiting at Stand 316 in Hall A3.
The use of robots in the electronics industry poses a specific set of challenges. The machines must be highly dynamic, precise, and reliable in continuous operation, while avoiding any risk of uncontrolled electrostatic discharge. To eliminate this risk in the production of sensitive electronic components, Stäubli offers Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) versions of its four-axis TS2 SCARA and high-speed six-axis TX2 robots.
All of the ESD robots’ arm segments, from tool to robot pedestal, are grounded. In addition, the robots feature a special ESD-compatible finish. All accessible elements and surfaces are electrically conductive. The company uses three rigorous tests, for surface resistance, discharge of residual static and transversal conductivity, to confirm ESD conformity.
The ESD series is designed for the assembly, testing and packaging of electronic components, guaranteeing process reliability. Typical applications include production and functional testing of printed circuit boards, control devices, sensors and gear actuator modules, as well as numerous applications in the production of mobile devices. According to the company, the specialized ESD robots deliver the same performance as standard models – they are equally precise, fast and reliable in extremely challenging conditions, with no restrictions. Using them in sensitive environments guarantees maximum process reliability and prevents damage to costly electronic components.
Four-axis TS2 series
The company says at productronica it will show that its four-axis TS2 series has a lot more to offer than the ESD option “The four-axis machines with proprietary JCS drive technology make an excellent impression by virtue of their ultra-short cycle times, their pioneering hygienic configuration that excludes any external cabling, and their highly compact design.” says Peter Pühringer, Managing Director at Stäubli Robotics.
The robot group consists of four models: the TS2–40, TS2–60, TS2–80 and TS2100. The latest addition, the TS2–100, extends the previous working radiuses of 400 – 800 millimeters to an impressive 1,000 mm. Given the superior performance of the SCARA series, Stäubli is expecting a strong increase in demand, particularly in the electronics industry, where the three factors of dynamics, precision and protection against uncontrolled electrostatic discharge play vital roles.
Stäubli recently also supplemented its six-axis product range. New models, TX2–140, TX2–160 and TX2–160L, are now also available as ESD versions They are among the largest members of the TX2 family and have a reach of 1510 mm, 1710 mm and 2010 mm.
Hall A3, Stand 316