Meca500 - Ultracompact six-axis robot arm

Go ultracompact

Not only is the Meca500 more than twice as small as other small industrial robots, but its controller is embedded in its base, instead of hosted in a bulky external cabinet.

Maximize efficiency

Built with precision machined aluminum and zero-backlash gearboxes, the Meca500 is the most precise six-axis robot arm, boasting a repeatability of 5 μm.

Innovate

The Meca500 is a plug‑and‑work automation component, so you can spend more time innovating your product or optimizing your production line.

Technical data

Easy programming for engineers

Read the User manual and Programming manual to understand how easy it is to operate the Meca500.

Manuals



The Meca500 is made in Canada, with motors made in Switzerland, and speed reducers made in Japan.
  • Size
  • Controller
  • Precision
  • Operation
  • Features

When fully extended, the length of the Meca500 robot arm is about 332 mm. The Meca500 weighs 4.5 kg and has a payload of 0.5 kg.

  • 500 g

    Payload

    4.5 Kg

    Total weight

    260 mm

    reach

Meca500’s controller is embedded in its palm-sized base. There is no bulky controller cabinet, no teach pendant, no messy cables. With its tiny footprint, the Meca500 is the perfect choice for small, confined spaces.

  • 0 Kg

    no external controller

    24 V

    supply voltage

Equipped with the best available zero-backlash speed reducers and with high-resolution encoders, and having a body made entirely of aluminum, the Meca500 has a repeatability of 0.005 mm. 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.

  • 0.005 mm

    repeatability

The Meca500 is a plug-and-work automation component, 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. In addition, an intuitive web interface for operating the robot resides in the robot's controller and can be accessed via a web browser.

Ethernet

Several novel features will be added to the robot's 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.

Designed for the industry


Our robot arms are intended for industrial use in a wide range of applications including precision assembly, testing & inspection, microprecision positioning, pick & place, and dispensing. The Meca500 is already put to work in various industry sectors such as electronics, watchmaking, pharmaceuticals, and health.