Extra-small precision robot arm

The world's most compact and precise six-axis robot arm

How's that for compact?

Designed for the industry

The Meca500 is a miniature high-accuracy six-axis industrial robot arm intended for professional use in a wide range of applications including precision assembly, testing & inspection, microprecision positioning, pick & place, and automated dispensing. It is put to work in various industry sectors such as electronics, watchmaking, pharmaceuticals, and health. This multipurpose robot arm is used both in assembly lines and as a component in third-party products.

Extra-small and ultracompact

The Meca500 robot arm is more than twice as small as traditional small industrial robots. It is so small and lightweight that you can carry it in a briefcase. Although it weighs less than 5 kg, its payload is 0.5 kg. Most amazingly though, the robot's controller is embedded in its palm-sized base. There is no bulky controller cabinet, no teach pendant, no messy cables; just a 24 V external power supply cord and an Ethernet cable.

With its tiny footprint, the Meca500 is the perfect choice for small, confined spaces.

Precision machined and precision assembled

Extremely precise and accurate

Equipped with the best available zero-backlash gearheads and with high-resolution encoders, and having a body made entirely of aluminum, the Meca500 has a repeatability of 0.005 mm. That is twenty times less than the thickness of a sheet of printing paper, and between two and twenty times better than other small industrial robots.

Moreover, because all of its structural components are precision machined, precision assembled and inspected at Mecademic, the Meca500 boasts unmatched position and path accuracy too. Its path accuracy is better than 0.1 mm.

Superior precision and accuracy means that you get what you ask for. No more time consuming touch ups. No more manual programming. Just code directly or use a third-party robot offline programming and simulation software, such as RoboDK.

Easy to use and integrate

Just connect your computer or PLC to the Meca500

The Meca500 is a plug-and-play device, offering great flexibility and simplicity. There are no training courses to take, no software to install, no options to purchase. Simply permanently connect the robot to a computer or a PLC via the Ethernet cable provided and use the programming language of your choice (Java, C#, Python, etc.). In your program, send Mecademic's proprietary commands to the robot arm (as parsed strings) over TCP/IP. The commands are typical robot instructions such as MoveLin(x,y,z,w,p,r). Similarly, the robot's controller sends back strings with various types of feedback. See the programming guide bellow for details.

In addition, an intuitive web interface for operating the robot resides in the robot's controller and can be accessed via a web browser. See the quickstart guide bellow for details.

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The Meca500's web interface

Continuously getting better

The Meca500's firmware can be updated through the robot's web interface. Several novel features will be added to this firmware in 2017. Firstly, based on CAD models imported in advance (in STL format), the robot will test in real time and avoid any mechanical interferences between its links, its end-effector and its environment. Secondly, force-limiting algorithms and a hand-guiding mode will be implemented, transforming the Meca500 into a collaborative robot. Finally, the EtherCAT connectivity will be enabled, further enhancing the robot's openness and modularity.

In addition, a miniature electric gripper that will be fully integrated with the robot will soon be released.

Technical data

Payload 0.5 kg
Maximum reach
(at wrist's center)
260 mm
Position repeatability 0.005 mm
Weight 4.5 kg
Maximum speed of joints 1–3 135°/s
Maximum speed of joints 4–6 270°/s
Brakes on joints 1, 2 and 3
Protection rating IP 40
Supply voltage 24 V / 9.17 A (external power supply included)
Communication Ethernet TCP Socket 10/100 Mbps
Signal supply (on wrist) 1 (for optional proprietary electric parallel gripper)

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