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SCARA – The Key to Boost Your Plant’s Efficiency

SCARA – The Key to Boost Your Plant’s Efficiency

The challenging labor market has many Midwest manufacturers looking for new, cost-effective automation solutions. Sure Controls Robotics engineers and technicians can partner with you to optimize your operation and improve your bottom line.

What is a collaborative SCARA robot?

Depending on who you ask, the answer will vary.  The SCARA acronym stands for either Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm or Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm. Either way, the SCARA’s similarity to a human arm makes it ideal for assembly tasks.  These robots have both a ‘shoulder’ and ‘elbow’ joint along with a ‘wrist’ axis and vertical motion. Check out the below to see a SCARA solution in action.

How It works

Power and Force Limiting

Only one type of collaborative robot can be used without any additional safety features. This type features Power and Force limiting, it can work alongside humans without any additional safety devices. The robot can feel abnormal forces in its path.  In fact, it is programmed to stop when it reads an overload in terms of force.  These robots are also designed to interact with humans without the additional safety barriers, vision systems, or external scanners.

The main feature of these robots is their ability to read forces in their joints.  This allows them to detect when abnormal forces are applied to them while they are working.  In these situations, they can be programmed to stop or sometimes reverse positions mitigating the initial contact. This means they can respond immediately if they come into contact with a human and even dissipate some of the energy transferred from the impact.

Easy Programming and Integration

Economically a force limited robot is ideal because of its easy programming and integration. When you think about it, no need for fencing or other safety devices, (however a risk assessment should be performed) the programming time is reduced because of hand guiding.  You don’t need to change your production line since it is made to work alongside humans. Manufacturing robots used to be limited to high speed, high cost, and hard-guarded applications separating the machine/industrial robots from the operators.  This focused deployment on high volume applications. Today smaller companies with multiple short-run processes can utilize these easy to deploy robots, and move them from task to task as needed.


SCARA offers a considerable advantages over cartesian technology including maximum flexibility,  increased accuracy and precision.  Plus, advanced software can make robot programming and set up easier and faster. If you are interested in learning more about a SCARA solution for your plant, Sure Controls is here to help.

Keep Exporing

You can contact us here, email us at [email protected] or call us at 800-844-8405.  We are happy to answer any questions or just help you learn more about the advantages of industrial automation.  You can also browse the robotics section of our e-store here. 

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