What is a work envelope?

What is a robot work envelope?

A robot's work envelope is its range of movement.

It is the shape created when a manipulator reaches forward, backward, up and down. These distances are determined by the length of a robot's arm and the design of its axes. Each axis contributes its own range of motion. 


A robot can only perform within the confines of this work envelope. Still, many of the robots are designed with considerable flexibility. Some have the ability to reach behind themselves. Gantry robots defy traditional constraints of work envelopes. They move along track systems to create large work spaces. 

Match Work Envelope with Application:
 It is important to take work envelope into consideration when choosing a robot. Try to make your work envelope match your application, setting, and part. Different work envelope capacities will suit different environments and needs. 

Do you need a robot to handle a large part, or traverse a long distance? Then choose a model with a larger work envelope. Consider the advantages of a gantry system. Is your work in a contained space or with tiny objects? Then select a robot with a smaller work envelope. 

Thinking outside of the Box:
 You can expand a robot's work envelope by augmenting its reach. Models are available with extended reaches and extensions which can be added to standard robots. Far easier than changing a work envelope's scope is changing its orientation. Install the robot in different locations (wall, shelf, floor, or ceiling) to aim the work envelope in a new direction. 

To find out more about work envelopes contact RobotWorx here or call 740-251-4312.

 

 
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