TM Robotics (Europe) has launched a ceiling-mounted version of the Toshiba Machine TH450 SCARA (Selective Compliant Assembly Robot Arm), which saves space in the manufacturing cell by allowing access to the working area from above. The robot is set to fi nd applications in automotive component handling where it will be used for a variety of pick and place tasks.

The TH450 is amongst the quickest SCARA robots of its size on the market and achieves cycle times of less than 0.3 seconds.

Arm lengths of 450mm and a payload of 5kg complement the TH450's enhanced speed capability while repeatability is an impressive ±0.01mm. Linear and circular conveyor synchronisation capabilities are also offered, creating a very powerful package when combined with easily integrated vision systems.

The ceiling mounted robot is already being used for attaching badges/brands by a prestige automotive manufacturer and is expected to have a range of other component handling applications.