The robot market is growing. The wide range of models is constantly expanding the range of applications, and in the meantime, even smaller companies can automate their operations and make production processes more economical with the help of articulated arm robots, lightweight robots or cobots (collaborative robots). However, with both large and small robots, safety is the top priority. To ensure that neither humans nor capital goods are damaged in the event of a control or power failure, electromagnetic brakes are installed in the axes to hold the robot arm safely in position in the event of a malfunction. Different functional principles, sizes and performance classes ensure that the right brakes can be found for the various robots.
Different installation conditions
However, the installation conditions for safety brakes differ, depending on the type of robot. With large industrial robots, the brakes can usually be easily accommodated; there is sufficient space on the externally mounted servo motors. Things become more difficult in the rapidly growing market for small articulated arms, Scara and collaborative robots. Here, the motors are often located directly in the joint without housing, in which the safety brake must also find its place.
Choosing the right brake
Our broad product portfolio of holding brakes for robotics contains suitable solutions for every application: permanent magnet brakes for industrial robots that offer particularly high torques in a small installation space, small brakes for grippers that reliably hold the workpiece, or flat brakes with a very large inner diameter to route the cables.
Where standard solutions are out of the question, Kendrion offers the user the right solution - tailored to the individual application.