The Distech DS1100 includes a seven-axis articulating robotic arm for unloading parts from trays to conveyors and reloading them. Its primary function is feeding parts to assembly operations but it can also be used as a compact machine tool loader. Previous generation DS1100s were equipped with four-axis, non-articulating robots. The manufacturer says it has retained the DS1100s compact footprint by improving on the over/under conveyor design that delivers parts to a machine and takes completed parts or empty trays from the machine. Distech Systems Inc., Rochester, NY, U.S.A.; +1 585-254-7020; www.distechsystems.com
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