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First Robot in New Tormach Product Line

Tormach Inc., a supplier of compact CNC machines, announced it has launched its latest product, the ZA6 robot. The ZA6 robot is built to industrial standards, utilizing EtherCAT servo motors, harmonic gear drives and aluminum castings. It can carry a 6 kg payload through a reach of 975 mm with speed and repeatability. Requiring only 20A of single-phase 220VAC, it can be installed almost anywhere.

The ZA6 is the only industrial robot to use Python as its programming language," said a company spokesperson. "Python is easy to learn, powerful, and because it is commonplace, it makes it easy to integrate ZA6 with other Python-driven systems. With over 200,000 Python libraries available, most of the work required to connect the ZA6 to the outside world has already been done."

The spokesperson continued, "The ZA6 is powered by PathPilot, Tormach's award winning control software. PathPilot is so user-friendly that no expertise in industrial robotics is required to program the ZA6 in most applications. Tormach is committed to helping customers succeed, providing resources like a YouTube tutorial series, user forums and industry-leading technical support."

Tormach's PathPilot Robot control system is built on Robot Operating System, a popular computing platform for robotics research. "Because ROS and PathPilot are open-source, the ZA6 is particularly attractive to people who ROS researchers or others who need code transparency, or want access to low-level system variables," said the spokesperson.

"The new ZA6 robot is a natural addition to Tormach's product line," said Andrew Grevstad, Tormach's Business Development Director. "Like our CNC mills, lathes, plasma tables and routers, it is designed for ease of use. It is perfect for entrepreneurs, small businesses and educators, and is available at an attractive price point."

Tormach offers the ZA6 and a selection of accessories for direct purchase via an eCommerce website at

Key specifications of the ZA6 include:

  • Weight (robot + electrical cabinet): 146 lbs. (65 kg)
  • Payload: 13 lbs. (6 kg)
  • Reach: 38" (975 mm)
  • Repeatability: +/- 0.5 mm/0.020"
  • Digital inputs: 12 (10 user inputs, two dedicated safety inputs)
  • Digital outputs: 12
  • I/O power supply: 24 Volt 2 Amp
  • Power supply: 200-240 Vac, 50-60 Hz, single-phase power

As with all Tormach products, customers will receive free remote technical support via email, phone and video chat.

For more information contact:

Tormach Inc.

4009 Felland Road, Ste. 120

Madison, WI 53718


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