What is the Dobot MG400?

Written by Seb Keightley

Mar 12, 2024

March 12, 2024

The DOBOT MG400 is a versatile and lightweight desktop collaborative robot (cobot) designed to enhance automation in small-scale manufacturing environments. With its compact form factor and user-friendly features, the MG400 opens up new possibilities for a multitude of industries. As well as being a great entry level product for students to get hands on experience with an industrial robot. Let’s dive into its key features, applications, and advantages. 

Key Features of the MG400

Number of Axes: 4
Payload: 500 g
Max reach: 440 mm
Repeatability: ±0.05 mm
Weight: 8 kg
Base: 190 mm × 190 mm
Operating temperatures: 0℃ – 40℃
Communication methods: TCP/IP, Modbus TCP Installation Counter
MG400 inserting PCB component

Space-Saving Design: 

The MG400’s compact footprint makes it ideal for tight workspaces and flexible production setups. It boasts an all-in-one design that fits effortlessly into a 190 mm x 190 mm space – that’s smaller than an A4 piece of paper.

At 8kg it is light enough to be moved around from one place to another easily and a single unit can be trailed in multiple places along a production line to find out where it can best work. 

Industrial-Grade Performance:

Equipped with a high-precision servo motor and proprietary drive/controller, the MG400 achieves a repeatability of ±0.05 mm. 

A vibration suppression algorithm enhances multi-joint motion stability, reducing residual vibrations by 70%. 

    Ease of Use: 

    The MG400 features a drag-to-teach interface, simplifying programming and lowering the barrier to entry for automation.

    It’s also possible to program it using Lua or a graphical interface, catering to users of all skill levels.

    The MG400 boasts a rich API so when it comes to integration on complex lines it’s possible to do everything using its I/O.

    With the inevitability of Industry 4.0  the MG400 is a brilliant way to start familiarising oneself with robotics and automation

    Applications of the MG400

    Manufacturing and Assembly:
    The MG400 seamlessly integrates into various manufacturing processes, including loading and unloading, dispensing, inspection, and testing.
    It excels in small-batch production scenarios, where quick deployment and adaptability are crucial.
    From pick and place backfill operations through to PCB assembly and soldering, the MG400 is a versatile addition to any production line.

    Biomedical and Chemical Laboratories:
    In biomedical and chemical labs, the MG400 handles tasks like liquid dispensing and specimen processing.
    Its precision and ease of use make it a valuable asset for research and testing. 

    Education and Research:
    Universities benefit from the MG400 for robotics and automation research.
    Students and researchers can explore its capabilities, experiment with different applications, and learn about collaborative robotics. 

    A Dobot Cobot being used in a warehouse<br />

    Benefits of the MG400

    Cost-Effective Automation: 

    The MG400 offers an affordable solution for small-scale automation needs. 
    Its competitive pricing and versatility make it an attractive choice for businesses seeking smart automation. 

    Human Collaboration:
    The cobot is safe for collaboration with humans, making it suitable for scenarios where close interaction is required.
    Its collision detection features enhance safety during operation.

    Quick Deployment:
    The MG400’s portability and ease of setup allow for rapid deployment.
    Small industrial operations can configure and reconfigure workbenches based on changing production requirements.

    Conclusion

    The DOBOT MG400 combines performance, ease of use, and adaptability, making it an excellent choice for small-scale manufacturing, research, and educational settings. Whether you’re automating repetitive tasks or exploring new applications, the MG400 unlocks efficiency and productivity in a compact package. 

    Even if you are only toying with the idea of automating your line, having a play with an MG400 can be a valuable learning experience, and they retail for less than £3000.

    For more information, visit the DOBOT MG400 product page. Or contact Seb directly

    For further information or to reach out to Simplified Robotics you can contact Seb directly on LinkedIn or get in touch with us via our contact form on the website.

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