July 14, 2022
Comau has announced its new Racer-5 Sensitive Environments (SE), a high-speed industrial robot designed for special and sensitive settings found in the pharmaceutical, health & beauty, food & beverage, and electronics industries. The Racer-5 SE features a food grade lubrication, protective water, heat and grease-resistant coating to respond to the demand for IP67 certification and ISO 5 Clean room classification. The design also protects from chemical agents and the need to reduce the risk of contamination.
The Racer-5 SE addresses the specific need for speed, accuracy and repeatability within cleanrooms and other sensitive environments, the company added. The result of an intensive design process based on the study of forms and attention to detail, it has compact dimensions, 5 kg payload, an 809 mm maximum reach, and a high-gloss, ruggedized element-resistant shell.
Racer-5 SE can be used on a tabletop, inclined, or mounted on a wall or ceiling, allowing it to easily automate applications with stringent requirements such as the handling of pharmaceuticals in sterile filling rooms or the certified cleanroom assembly of microelectronics, while reducing overall operating costs. Furthermore, Comau said Racer-5 SE is well-suited for the food and beverage industry, given that its white painted surface is approved for direct contact with all types of food (Reg Eu 1935/2004, Reg Eu 10 /2011 and Reg Eu 1895 /2005) and the IP67 rating protects it from peroxide, chlorine, alcohol and other aggressive cleaning agents.
Fitted with stainless steel screws and covers, Racer-5 SE can be easily cleaned and decontaminated as often as needed, helping increase product quality and reduce the potential for human-related error or contamination.
Comau said it is also one of the fastest robots of its kind. Because the electrical and air connectors and fittings are located outside the production zone, the robot can be more agile while minimizing the risk of damage. This enables Racer-5 SE to ensure higher production quality, better performance, quicker cycle times and reduced capital expenditures.
“Our new Racer-5 SE combines efficiency and technical excellence with the features and functionality required for effective application within sensitive settings,” said Nicole Clement, chief marketing officer at Comau. “We expect the adoption of robotics in sensitive environments to grow significantly in the next coming years, largely driven by increasing automation in fast-growing industries such as food & beverages, pharma, plastic & chemicals and electronics”.
Comau said the robot is made entirely in Comau-Turin, Italy, and includes a rigid construction to ensure higher precision and repeatability. The company said it has been tested and certified for cleanroom compliance by Fraunhofer, and is available in two different 5 kg payload configurations, with a reach of 630 mm and 809 mm.
For more details on the robot, visit the Comau website here.