A modular system for Cartesian robots makes it simple to configure and add grippers, motors, linear modules and other equipment. The CamoLine, being previewed by Bosch Rexroth, represents a merger of Bosch and Rexroth technologies, according to Bashar Abdo, product manager. It also gives system integrators much more flexibility.
“Electromechanical and pneumatics can be integrated in one platform. Anyone can customize a robot with standardized components,” Abdo says. Along with common sizes and standardized positions for attachment holes, the modules include centering rings to simplify attachment.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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