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PRECISION ROBOT CELL FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

29 October 2012

Mitsubishi Electric has recently presented a production cell with an integrated RH-3SDHR industrial SCARA robot for use in the pharmaceutical and medical industries

Designed for handling singleuse syringes by removing them from the production conveyor belt for further processing after filling, the system was developed by long-term Swiss sales partner Robotronic. Mitsubishi Electric has also demonstrated a housing specially constructed for the RH-3SDHR for applications in the pharmaceutical industry. The optional housing meets the high requirements defined by GMP regulations (Good Manufacturing Practice) for secondary packaging technology. It has a closed surface and it easy to clean.

Reiner Hänel, sales director for Robots at Mitsubishi Electric Europe German Branch, explains: "Mitsubishi Electric has many years of experience in developing servo technologies for robots. During that time, we have continued to optimise our designs in terms of precision and speed. Consequently, the RH- 3SDHR is a high-precision instrument that operates with a repeatable accuracy of ±0.0mm and can carry out up to three pick-andplace cycles per second.” That makes this SCARA robot the fastest in its class. This 4-axis horizontal articulated robot has a compact design and supports overhead installation.

Robotronic AG from Switzerland, a specialist in selling individual precision applications for automation tasks in the pharmaceutical, medical and watch industries, developed the standard cell exclusively for use with the robot technology produced by Mitsubishi Electric.

It is based on the modular design principle which means that additional modular cell components can be integrated quickly and easily.

For example, Mitsubishi Electric PLCs, servo motors, operating devices or application-specific components such as assembly or packing stations can also be added to the system.

Robotronic has also used the modular design principle as the design basis for standard machines such as the new prototype for a syringe removal machine where the robot controller also controls a number of conveyor belts driven by Mitsubishi Electric servo motors.
 
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