Over the course of its sixty-year history, the Switzerland-based Güdel Group has grown from a small drive technology company to a global specialist in high-precision machine components and complex automation solutions. Its extensive portfolio includes linear guide units and axes, racks, pinions, gear units and gantry robots. As well as manufacturing individual parts, Güdel also combines components to offer complete systems that deliver exceptional control intelligence for a wide range of industry applications. At HANNOVER MESSE 2017, the company trained its spotlight on three key products.
One of the highlights was the largest of these three exhibits - the TMF-4 floor traversing axis. With a total length of 16 meters, the TMF-4 was demonstrated driving a trolley that supported a KUKA KR 6000 robot that was in turn supporting the body of a VW Tiguan. The demonstration confirmed that the TMF-4 provides the extended working range that state-of-the-art production processes call for. What’s more, like all Güdel floor traversing axes, the TMF-4 is compatible with all conventional industrial robots. Anyone not sufficiently impressed by the TMF-4 was able to check out the largest floor traversing axis in size 6 at the nearby stand of automation specialist Fanuc. Thanks to its seventh axis, the TMF-6 can carry a load of 20 metric tons over an even larger working range.