Mecademic Robotics releases new firmware for its Meca500 robot

By: Issuewire
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Smallest industrial robotic arm gets upgrade

Montreal, Quebec Jul 29, 2021 ( - Mecademic Robotics is pleased to release firmware version 8.4 for its Meca500 industrial robotic arms. 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

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.) 

This feature enables the user to receive the real-time status of the robot for better monitoring and coordination with other components. 

About this robotic arm

The Meca500 is the world's smallest, most precise, and compact industrial robotic arm. What makes it unique? Unlike most other industrial robots--which are usually complex stand-alone systems--the Meca500 is a plug-and-work automation component. Our robot is easy to integrate via any computer or PLC. The Meca500 doesn't require any training courses, software installations, or additional option purchases. It's that simple!

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