Meca500 - Ultracompact six-axis industrial robot arm

The Meca500 small industrial robot arm is so small it fits the the palm of a hand
Compact

Minimize footprint

Smaller than any other industrial robot and with an embedded controller, the Meca500 is unbelievably compact and easy to mount in any orientation.

Precision

Reduce tolerances

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.

User manual

Streamline deployment

Designed as a plug‑and‑work automation component, the Meca500 is particularly easy to interface with any computing device such as a PLC or a computer.

The Meca500 is the world's smallest, most compact and most precise six-axis industrial robot arm. As well, unlike the typical industrial robot, which is a complex, stand-alone system that is to be programmed via proprietary programming language and interface, the Meca500 is controlled as an automation component, much like a smart electric gripper.

Technical data

Easy programming for engineers

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

Manuals
Brochure
CAD files



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

When fully extended, the length of the Meca500 robot arm is about 330 mm. The Meca500 weighs 4.5 kg and has a payload of 0.5 kg.

  • Meca500's dimensions
  • 500 g

    Payload

    4.5 Kg

    Total weight

    260 mm

    Reach (at wrist center)

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

  • The controller of the Meca500 is embedded in the robot's base

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

  • Meca500's flange

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,α,β,γ). Similarly, the robot's controller sends back strings with various types of feedback. A more powerful alternative is to communicate with the robot over EtherCAT, which gives your guaranteed response times. Finally, an intuitive web interface for operating the robot resides in the robot's controller and can be accessed via a web browser.

Ethernet

TCP/IP

EtherCAT
Meca500's web interface

The Meca500 comes with an external power supply that has an embedded safety module with an E-Stop and a safety I/O interface.

  • Cat. 3 / PL d

    safety module

  • Meca500's power supply

Designed for the industry


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