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.
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,
no external controller
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. 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.
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. In addition, an
intuitive web interface for operating the robot resides in the robot's controller
and can be accessed via a web browser.
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.