Mecademic Robotics Releases New Firmware for its Meca500 Robot

MC Mecademic Robotics Releases New Firmware for Meca500 1 400

February 7, 2022

 

Mecademic is pleased to release firmware version 8.4 for its Meca500 industrial robotic arm. Mecademic’s firmware releases are provided free of charge, along with complimentary technical support. 

Features & benefits

  • •Joint 6 multi-rotation with cartesian moves

Although rotating Joint 6 beyond the ±180° has always been possible with the Meca500 R3, it was limited to Joint-move-commands. With this new firmware, both point-to-point and linear commands can now be used outside of this limit. Apart from the benefit of no longer being limited in Cartesian space and requiring switching to Joint commands, new applications are now easier to implement directly with the Meca500. It’s now easier to use the Meca500 for dispensing, capping, testing, and any other application that requires moving Joint 6 beyond the previous default limits. Of course, we have now introduced a new configuration parameter, to specify the desired turn for joint 6. By default, the automatic configuration for this turn parameter is disabled, please read the programming manual before enabling it.

  • User-defined joint limits

Users can now redefine the software limits of individual joints. The robot will not be able to move outside these limits. It will also generate an error if it starts from a position outside of the specified limits.  This feature can help to define a safe robot workspace for your applications. Cartesian range limits are still in development and will be released as part of a future firmware release. 

  • User-defined torque limits (sensitivity)

It is now possible to lower the torque limits of individual joints. This is set as a percentage of the maximum possible torque available to each joint. This feature comes with configurable events as per the application’s requirements. This is very useful when working with sensitive components. Although the robot can now be made to stop with light contact, this feature was not designed for collaborative applications.

  • Real-time monitoring data

Although available as a beta feature in previous versions of the firmware, real-time monitoring data is now released as an official feature. Real-time data allows users to stream data in real-time (up to 1ms) over port 10 001 in TCP/IP. The data is also user-configurable (Positions, Torques, Velocities, etc.) Please consult the manual for all available options. This feature enables the user to receive the real-time status of the robot for better monitoring and coordination with other components. 

  • Request (Get) commands

Request commands are now available for all Set commands in the robot. This allows users to confirm whether the parameters were successfully set as commanded prior to execution.  

Additional information on Meca500 can be found here

 

Related Articles


Latest Articles

  • PC-Based Control Technology in the Semiconductor Production for Photovoltaic Equipment

    June 20, 2024 Flexible automation of single-crystal furnaces increases competitiveness For growing monocrystalline semiconductors, the Chinese company Jingsheng Mechanical & Electrical originally used a separate process and temperature control system. Since the changeover to PC-based control technology from Beckhoff, it not only helps to save costs, but also facilitates the implementation with its scalability. As… Read More…

  • How to Select the Correct Data Cable for Your Industrial Application

    June 19, 2024 In this article, you will learn what the most common mistakes are when selecting Industrial Ethernet and bus cables and how to avoid them. All cables and wires that contribute to communication in any way are commonly referred to as data cables. However, there are significant differences such as the multitude of… Read More…


Featured Article

Revolutionizing Material Movement with Autonomous Mobile Robots

Revolutionizing Material Movement with Autonomous Mobile Robots

In today’s fast-paced manufacturing and logistics industries, the need for efficient and flexible material movement solutions has never been greater. Traditional methods like conveyor systems, forklifts, and manual pushcarts have served us well, but they come with limitations.

That’s why Omron is thrilled to announce the launch of their game-changing MD Series of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). Read more


Products

  • PC-Based Control Technology in the Semiconductor Production for Photovoltaic Equipment

    June 20, 2024 Flexible automation of single-crystal furnaces increases competitiveness For growing monocrystalline semiconductors, the Chinese company Jingsheng Mechanical & Electrical originally used a separate process and temperature control system. Since the changeover to PC-based control technology from Beckhoff, it not only helps to save costs, but also facilitates the implementation with its scalability. As… Read More…

  • Siemens and BASF Collaborate on Driving Circular Economy

    June 21, 2024 Siemens Smart Infrastructure and BASF have announced the first electrical safety product to include components made from biomass-balanced plastics Siemens Smart Infrastructure and BASF have announced the first electrical safety product to include components made from biomass-balanced plastics. Used across industrial and infrastructure applications, Siemens SIRIUS 3RV2 circuit breaker is now being… Read More…