In the industrial robot world, the 6-axis robot is king. Its design has remained unchanged for decades. Why are six axes of movement the answer to so many industrial jobs?
The 6-axis robot has joints in all the right places. This design gives the 6-axis robot more flexibility, repeatability, and accuracy than other designs (such as 4-axis robots).
A Closer Look:
The base axis allows the robot to swivel, dramatically increasing the work envelope. Working our way up the robot arm, the next two axes pivot the lower and upper arms. The final three axes are devoted to wrist movements. This provides the precision that sets the 6-axis robot apart.
The flexibility of six axis industrial robots allow them to perform nearly any industrial job, from welding, material handling, and cutting, to loading, and deburring. All the joints work together to provide excellent part accessibility, speed, and consistent movement.
RobotWorx carries a wide selection of new and used 6-axis industrial robots. Take your pick of robot brands, including Motoman, Fanuc and Kuka. Visit our 6-axis FAQ page for a video and more details about 6-axis flexibility.