Miniature 6 Axis Robot
Industrial robotics in the palm of your hand
The Meca500 is the world’s smallest, most compact and most precise six-axis industrial robot arm. Its unrivaled precision and accuracy guarantee reliability in automating micropositioning tasks and delicate manipulations.
The Meca500 is the world’s smallest, most compact and most precise six-axis industrial robot arm. It is about 330 mm with a weight of 4.5 kg and a payload of 0.5 kg. Unlike the typical industrial robot, which is a complex, stand-alone system that is to be programmed via proprietary programming language and interface, the Meca500 is controlled as an automation component, much like a smart electric gripper.
- Flexibility in mounting orientation
- Controller built in to base
- Easy control interface (like an automation component or electronic gripper)
- Payloads from 500g to 1 kilo depending on speeds etc.
- Reasonable pricing
- Repeatability of 5 microns
- Unlimited rotation on the end effector
- Gripper and power supply options
- 260 mm reach
- A Cat. 3 / PL d safety module with E stop and safety I/O interfaces
Since 1983, Tek-Matic has been providing standard & custom motors for OEM manufacturers. We have provided solutions ranging from the world’s smallest piezomotors for precision optics to vertical spindle induction motors rated at thousands of HP. Motors can be designed to operate in challenging environments, such as ultra high vacuum, washdown & even MRI magnetic chambers. We look forward to learning about your custom motor requirements & designing you the perfect solution.Download PDF
Custom Motor Design Types
- Servo and Stepper
- AC Induction
- DC Brushed and Brushless
- Custom Shaft Designs
- Custom Frames & Shapes
- Vacuum & UHV
- Magnetic Environment
- Built in Drives & Controllers
- Integrated Feedback Devices
- High Speed
- High Torque at Low Speed
- Fractional HP to 10’s of Thousands
- Washdown & Stainless
- Integral Gear & Brake
Smart motor control for smarter machines
Save space, time and money by eliminating wires, cables and control panels by using smart motor technologies from Tek-Matic. Motion control systems typically consist of a motor with feedback, a drive/amplifier, and a smart controller. While motors are mounted to your machine, the drives/amplifiers are typically located inside of a remote panel, and then attached to each other via cable sets. These cables can be hard to make or source, time consuming to install, a source for noise (requiring troubleshooting), and can physically interfere with the motion itself Control panels can be expensive, take up extra space, and take time to build.
Smart motors are available with the motor/feedback/drive & controller all in one motor housing. Smart motors even have built in I/O logic, and communication protocols, sometimes eliminating the need for a PLC.
Smart Motor Products
- Smart Servo Motor Systems
- Smart Stepper Motor Systems
- Smart AC motor/VFD Systems
- Motor/Drive Only Configurations
- NEMA 11 Though NEMA 34 Stepper/Servos
- Washdown Versions
- Multi-Axis Synchronization Buses
- Continuous Torque Ratings up to 250 oz-in
- AC Motor versions from 0.55 to 7.5 HP
- Wide Variety of Communications Buses
- Remote I/O Breakout Units
Optical Positioning Systems
Miniature positioners for optics manipulation
Optical position systems require special miniature motors and motion modules. SWaP, (Size, Weight, and Power) are very important factors along with precision positioning accuracy and position stability. These optronics solutions are used for autofocus, pan, tilt, shutter, and filter changing applications in both the defense and precision instrument markets.
Edge Miniature Piezo Motors
The Edge motor is the smallest industrial motor of its kind available in the marketplace today. Providing unlimited linear or rotary motion, the Edge motor offers extensive opportunities in applications that suit a wide range of industries. The Edge motor works with a uniquely designed, compact ASIC-based driver, and can be operated with any servo controller. The Edge can be easily integrated into most bearing structures, and is ideal for mass production opportunities.
Rotary Piezo Motor
The ER Motor family leverages the many advantages of our piezo technology, applied in a traditional motor housing. Utilizing a piezo drive inside the motor, the ER family offers silent motor operation with zero backlash (no gears) and built-in holding and braking without power consumption. Motors can be provided with a closed back, rear-shaft, or with a built in rotary encoder. Closed loop operation is supported with the S775 XCD card, which is a closed loop drive and control module. The S775 can be provided as a small board or chip level based controller for integration into other electronics.
The RS08 is the first shutter of its kind, utilizing a silent, miniature piezo actuator in an 8mm x 20mm package including the drive electronics. The RS08 is designed to work from a 3.3v battery and supports travel ranges from 35° to 120°. Shutter blades can vary in size and material, up to a 25mm diameter paddle. Using a proprietary feedback system, the shutter is fully operational as a closed loop device, stopping on electrical limits to avoid any noise from a mechanical hardstop.
The RS08A is the first actuator of its kind, utilizing a silent, miniature piezo actuator in an 8mm x 20mm package including the drive electronics. The RS08A is designed to work from a 3.3v battery and supports travel ranges from 35˚ to 120˚. The RS08A allows for user definable shutter blade or filter changer, based on appropriate motion analysis of mass and moment of inertia. A proprietary feedback system is integrated into the grid, for closed loop device operation, stopping on electrical limits to avoid any noise from a mechanical hardstop.
The S787 series of NUC shutter is designed to meet the most challenging operating conditions of infrared imaging systems. The S787 shutter operates linearly with a direct drive EDGE motor, providing the lightest weight configuration while maintaining the closest proximity to the FPA. The S787 series is provided with a 17mm x 15mm leaf that is capable of moving 15mm in 100mseconds. The moving blade is supported by the Edge – Actuator bearing structure on one side and an outboard shaft bearing to eliminate any blade deflection and vibration. Standard configurations utilize the Edge motor with a miniature position sensor, integral to the shutter assembly, for closed loop operation. The shutter is supported by our ASIC that closes the position loop and serves as a drive & control.
Linear Filter Changer
The LF14 Linear Filter Changer is designed to meet the most challenging operating conditions of optical systems. The LF14 operates linearly with a direct drive Edge motor, providing the lightest weight configuration while maintaining the closest back working distance. The LF14 is provided with a blade that can accommodate different filter diameters and is capable of moving 14mm in 100 msec. The filter housing is supported by the Edge-Actuator bearing structure on one side and an outboard shaft bearing on the other, to eliminate any deflection or vibration. Standard configurations utilize the Edge motor with a miniature position sensor, integral to the filter changer assembly, for closed loop operation. The filter changer is supported by our ASIC that closes the velocity loop and serves as a drive & control.
Miniature Rotary Stage
Used for IMU Northfinding products,the S840 Rotary module contains a 50,000 cpr precision optical encoder (external interpolator), with the Edge motor technology and the XCD drive/control. This integrated design consists of a complete motion solution, including the motors, bearings, encoder, drive & control captured in a 30mm cube. The outside configuration can be adapted to support different customer electronics (Mounting Orientation), while the rotary module moves 90° – for a precise quartering process. The S840 is designed for a calibration process of an IMU (inertial measurement unit) to eliminate the drift and improve north finding precision. It is intended to reduce the cycle time and improve the precision based on current IMU availability.
Miniature Drive Controller
The XCD – Drive & Control redefines the art of miniaturized drive and control electronics with the smallest hardware for operating piezo ceramic servo motors. The XCD provides complete servo control for the OEM market, coupled with the power stage and drive electronics on one board. XCD will have an OEM specific, motherboard for connecting to the motor, position sensor, communication and power. The XCD for the Edge motor is provided as a single axis board which can operate in the ‘AB5’ mode with brake on/off, or in the more traditional AB1A mode. The XCD for the Edge motors accepts a single ended encoder signal and is programmed via an IIC interface and the NanoCommander user software.
Miniature Controller “Chip”
The XCD drive & control is a miniature closed loop servo control with the smallest hardware for operating piezo ceramic servo motors. The XCD provides complete servo control for Security market applications with a built in motor driver. The XCD component is provided on a chip level and can be integrated into user electronics with the addition of a motor power stage. The component level product will accept single ended or differential encoder input (motor size dependent) and is programmed via an IIC interface and our NanoCommander user software.
Robotic Positioning Components
Positioners for patients and optics
Tekmatic has an extensive offering of precision positioning products used for motion control in a variety of life science instruments and systems. These include solutions from heavy duty actuators and gantry products used for patient therapy systems, to some of the world’s smallest piezo positioning products for optics in clinical and research diagnostic instruments.Download PDF
Drive & Control
Nanomotion’s XCD – Drive & Control redefines the art of miniaturized drive and control electronics with the smallest hardware for operating piezo ceramic servo motors. The XCD provides complete servo control for the OEM market, coupled with the power stage and drive electronics on one board.
XCD will have an OEM specific, motherboard for connecting to the motor, position sensor, communication and power. The XCD for ST/HR motors is provided as a single axis board which can drive the ST, HR1, HR2, or HR4motor. The XCD can operate in the ‘AB5’ mode with brake on/off, or in the more traditional AB1A mode. The XCD for ST/HR motors accepts a differential quadrature encoder signal and is programmed via an IIC interface and the Nano-Commander user software.
Auto Focus/Zoom Modules
Shutter & Aperture Control
Pan and Tilt Modules
Rack & Pinion
Precision rack & pinion positioning systems
We offer a complete range of Rack & Pinion Drive Systems, which consist of a servo reducer with a mounted pinion on the output and the driven gear rack. By selecting the complete drive system all at once, a system can be optimized for the servo motor while achieving the desired accuracy and motion at the rack & pinion.Download PDF
These systems are available in five levels of precision to meet any axis drive requirements. They utilize our wide range of standard Rack & Pinions (quality levels from DIN 3 to DIN 10) and Servo Reducers, which are available in-line (motor is in-line with pinion) and right-angle (motor is at a right-angle to pinion) versions to fit into most designs.
These drive systems are perfect for a wide range of applications, including axis drives requiring precise positioning & repeatability, traveling gantries & columns, pick & place robots, CNC routers and material handling systems. Heavy load capacities and duty cycles can also be easily handled with these drives. Industries served include Material Handling, Automation, Automotive, Aerospace, Machine Tool and Robotics.
Low to ultra high precision
Light duty to high force and speed systems
Rack – Helical, straight, integrated (rail), and round versions available
Pinion – Helical, straight, ISO flanged, split (zero backlash) and circular pitch
Precision gearboxes for servos & steppers
Servo gearheads and gearboxes are used on high precision motion control applications which require a high torque to volume ratio, high torsional stiffness, and low backlash. All of our gearheads are self-lubricating and have high radial load capacity for any given size. The ability to match inertias with our large variety of ratios keeps servo systems controlled and stable.Download PDF
- Planetary, worm and spur versions are available
- Less than 1 and even zero backlash units available
- Inline and right angle versions
- Wide range of ratios from 3:1 up to 100:1
- Solid, flanged, and hollow output shaft versions
- Standard and washdown versions
- Output torque ratings as higher than 10K Nm
Servo & Stepper Motor Systems
Positioning motors, drives and controllers
Tek-Matic is a provider of precision rotary motion control systems including stepper, servo and high torque direct drive technologies. From the world’s smallest NEMA 11 steppers, to high speed/ precision closed loop servos, we have the system for you.
Stepper motors, amplifiers and controllers
Servo motors, amplifiers and controllers
Piezo based rotary motors and drives
Smart stepper and servo technology (motors with amplifiers/controllers and I/O built in)
A variety of interfaces including ethernet, ethernet IP, profibus, USB, Powerlink, and etherCAT
Feedback systems include resolvers, and both incremental and absolute encoder technology
Ballscrews & Rails
Mechanical positioning components
Ballscrews offer a great way to convert rotational motion to linear motion with a minimal amount of friction. Precision rail guides are highly accurate products for linear motion and are ideally suited for use in a wide variety of machine tools, handling systems and special machinery, as well as in measuring and testing equipment, semi-conductor production machines and medical applications.
Ballscrews offer a great way to convert rotational motion to linear motion with a minimal amount of friction. Ball screws are used in an array of applications ranging from low accuracy transport guides to exceptionally high accuracy precision grade screws. They’re also used in robots, machine tools and precision assembly devices. Perhaps the biggest benefit of a ball screw in general is that it has high efficiencies that can be well over 90%. There are also minimum thermal effects and they can be easily preloaded to eliminate backlash. They also offer smoother movement over the full travel range. Tek-Matic partners with NSK and Thompson to provide a wide range of rolled and precision ballscrews to cover most applications. Please contact us for customs and specials.
Rolled and Precision Ground
Shaft diameters from 32 to 82 mm
Leads from 5 to 100
Dynamic loading up to 83,000 N (static 235,000 N)
Preloaded nuts to reduce backlash
Accuracy grades of C3, C5
Dust resistant and vacuum environment versions
Precision rail guides are highly accurate products for linear motion and are ideally suited for use in a wide variety of machine tools, handling systems and special machinery, as well as in measuring and testing equipment, semi-conductor production machines and medical applications. Precision rail guides are available in many different designs, sizes and standard lengths and can incorporate ball, roller or needle roller assemblies or slide coatings. Required accessories for mounting, different end pieces and wipers are available. The use of precision rail guides allows very rigid, smooth running and most accurate constructions of almost any type, according to the building block principle. Have a look to our video about product range and installation. If you don’t find the right guiding in our standard range, please contact us. We will find a solution. Please contact us for customs and specials.
Ball, roller and round rail style
Super high rigidity and motion accuracy
Accuracy grades of P3 thru P6 (also avail N, PH and PC)
Z1 and Z3 preload
Dynamic loading up to 288,000 N (static 756,000 N)
Rail widths from 15 to 63 mm Rail lengths up to 4000 mm
Positioning Stages & Slides
Mechanical actuator driven positioners
Tek-Matic offers one of the widest ranges of precision positioning stages and slides. Standard configurations include a variety of drive mechanisms, bearing supports, orientations, and environments. A wide range of pricing options from economy to ultra positioning accuracies are available. Custom units and assemblies can be provided.Download PDF
Additional features include:
Resolutions ranging from nanometers to thousandths of an inch
Speeds up to 2 meters per second
Virtually unlimited travels
Horizontal, vertical, tip/tilt, and rotary
Standard vacuum, UHV, clean room non-magnetic versions
Ball and cross roller bearing supports
Features & Advantages
Rack and pinion
Custom designs including:
Pick & place
Linear electric positioners
Electric actuators are more cost-effective than their hydraulic and pneumatic counterparts. Electric actuators benefit from cleaner, simpler, and more energy-efficient power transmission. Electric actuator integration is easier with programmable controls, and maintenance is minimized with no parts replacement or lubrication needed except in extreme conditions.Download PDF
Industrial Linear Actuators Industrial Linear Actuators are electric actuator products that operate in typical open loop applications powered by 12, 24, 36 VDC or 115, 230, 400 VAC. A linear actuator is excellent for agricultural, construction, mining and industrial equipment to control seats, hoods, doors, covers, throttles and many other devices. Our linear actuators are ideal for medical, health and fitness, office and entertainment, and marine equipment.
Precision Linear Actuators Precision Linear Actuators are electric actuators cylinders operating in AC closed loop systems with drive control. Our linear actuators are specifically designed for high-precision, push-rod applications where positioning accuracy, high speed and high force capacities are a must. The electric actuator motor options include stepper motor, 3-phase AC servo and 3-phase induction with parallel belt, parallel gear, or direct drive inline mounting.
Actuator styles available:
Linear motor driven
Rack & Pinion