7th Axis Solutions

Add extremely durable 7th axes and robot transfer units (RTUs) of any length to your automation project.

Robot positioning systems (7th axis or Robot Transfer Units) provide flexibility in manufacturing and industrial spaces. For example, they may allow one robot to reposition between work stations to do the work of several robots. They may also extend a robot’s working area without need for a larger arm. Sometimes, the transfer of units away from the operating zone permits safe movement of workers or large equipment.

These motion systems are common in aerospace, automotive, warehouse, and manufacturing applications. Both traditional and collaborative robots can benefit from Bishop-Wisecarver’s 7th axis motion solutions, regardless of their size.

Why Bishop-Wisecarver?

Bishop-Wisecarver specializes in motion solutions that are expertly designed and delivered to perform, from a company you can trust.

Our solutions deliver maximum environmental and debris resistance. This ability to excel in harsh and extreme conditions is especially critical for drilling, welding, painting, etc.

Additionally, BW systems are specifically design by our motion experts to minimize your installation effort and maintenance costs. Many solutions require no maintenance over the planned life of the machine. (Click here to read more about the total cost of ownership advantage of our products.)

We don’t just deliver quality products; we deliver a Signature Experience™ to our customers. Bishop-Wisecarver’s expert application engineers can help you select the complete 7th axis system solution that is right for you, including motors and controls. Our team can also partner with you to design a fully customized system that meets your application requirements.

Collaborative Robot 7th Axis Solutions 

Provide an extended work envelope for robots of small to medium size.* Cobots combined with BW 7th axis systems make it easier than ever to get automating!

LoPro® Linear Actuators 

  • Motors mounts for ANY manufacturer motor or gearbox (including zero backlash coupler and mounting hardware)
  • Capable of inverted installation
  • Integrated aluminum T-slot beam or steel beam for easy, self-supported mounting
  • Vee guide wheels provide self-cleaning action for debris resistance in industrial automation settings
  • Available in corrosion resistant stainless steel
  • Equipped with belt, chain, ballscrew, or leadscrew drives, per application need
  • Additional linear guides can be mounted for enhanced moment load capacity - contact our Application Engineers for help with customization!


*Design validation needed per application loads, speeds, and motion paths.

LoPro & UtiliTrak - Manufacturing - Collaborative Robotics

Automated machine tending between two CNC lathes. A LoPro® actuator acts as the 7th axis, while UtiliTrak® guides the part caddy.

 

Heavy Duty Robot Transfer Units

Support and transfer heavy industrial robots or those carrying high moment loads. Often, these systems perform critical operations in harsh or unforgiving environments. Unexpected downtime can spell disaster in terms of liability, productivity, and revenue. That is why Bishop-Wisecarver delivers reliable, long-lasting RTUs and 7th axis systems.

HepcoMotion HDS2 Heavy Duty Slide System

  • Long life systems, often requiring zero maintenance
  • 4 vee guide wheels can handle 68 kN (over 15,200 lbf)
  • Available as assembled systems (reducing design and installation time) or in component form
  • Vee guide wheels provide self-cleaning action for debris resistance in industrial automation settings
  • Available in corrosion resistant stainless steel
  • Unlimited transfer lengths (4 m track segments are easily butt-joinable and aligned in parallel without high precision requirements)
  • High driving force, low backlash rack drives (spur or helical)
  • Automatic lubrication options for pinion/rack and optionally for wheels/track; system can run dry (without lubrication) if required

GRS Gear Robotic System / Lucas Robotic System

The principle is based on a patented "switch" system that allows our rigid axes (tracks or Cartesian robots) to make orientation changes from 0 to 360° in all axes.



HepcoMotion MHD Heavy Duty Track Guide

  • Extreme load capacities can handle high offset and overhanging loads and provide long life with zero maintenance in most applications
  • 4 roller bearing blocks running on flat tracks can handle 132 kN (over 29,600 lbf)
  • Unlimited transfer lengths (flat track segments are easily butt-joinable and aligned in parallel without high precision requirements)
  • High driving force, low backlash rack drives (spur or helical)

Heavy Duty Linear Guides: Robotic Arm

Increase productivity in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, robotics, transfer system, welding system and material handling—anywhere high offset loads are seen in heavy automation applications, where durability and long life is required.

 

Rendering of MHD used in 7th axis robotic automotive application
Example of MHD systems in 7th axis automotive application.

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