With Automation Technology for Robotics (ATRO), Beckhoff promises a breakthrough concept for robotics applications. This modular system enables extreme flexibility in robot kinematics to fit essentially any application with payloads up to 10 kg and reach of up to 1.3 meters, notes its maker. With ATRO, users can select the exact number of axes required and quickly assemble the exact robot or cobot needed for their application, says Beckhoff, which spotlights the modular robotic system’s internal media feeds for data, power and fluids are designed to support continuous rotation of all robot axes. With a wide variety of modules, ATRO gives users the power to create almost any custom robot design within the rated payloads for their application—from a simple single-axis rotary indexing table application and delta kinematics up to multi-axis articulated robots, claims Beckhoff. Expansive configurations with as many as 16 robotic arms are possible. The adapted structures are simply scanned by the control software, and the TwinCAT robotics functions automatically create the corresponding control application, including a digital twin. For robot teaching with ATRO, users move the custom assembled robot arm into the desired positions and set them via a user interface.
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