TM Robotics launches Shibaura Machine TS5000 controller

16 Oct 2020

After several years in development, Hertfordshire-based company TM Robotics has now released the new TS5000 robot controller.

The new controller boasts faster position control, plus improves robot precision and shortens cycle times. It forms a launch pad for the next generation of industrial robots from Shibaura Machine, formerly known as Toshiba Machine.

The TS5000 has been engineered by Shibaura Machine’s experts in Japan. Compared to previous controllers, it provides improved synchronisation and control. Its position cycle is also three times faster than previous models, which enables more control during fast movements. Together with the automatic adjustment function, the controller can reduce vibration and stress.

Communication functions of the TS5000 have been enhanced too. The controller offers real-time data transmission between the robot and controller so manufacturers can integrate the system into a smart factory environment.

This improved communication further enables vibration analysis for predictive and preventative maintenance. The 5000 model also boast eight ports - a four-fold increase on the previous TS3000 model. 

The TS5000’s compact design is ready-made for easy installation. Its weight (10kg) and physical features means it can also achieve a 33 per cent smaller footprint than previous controllers.

Alongside the new controller, TM Robotics has released the new TP5000 teach pendant as an optional add-on. Sometimes referred to as a ‘teach box’, the teach pendant is used to control the robot manually – important for maintenance and troubleshooting purposes, as well as fine tuning the robot after installation.

“The TS5000 controller is the latest robotic technology from the team at Shibaura Machine,” explained Nigel Smith, President and CEO of TM Robotics. “As Shibaura Machine’s primary distribution partner, TM Robotics will be providing this new controller and its accompanying teach pendant to users in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia, as well as North and South America.

“The controller boasts huge improvements in usability compared to previous models and will provide the baseline controller for the next generation of robots from Shibaura Machine in Japan. This includes the most recent THE600 SCARA model, which is available to order now,” he added.

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