Yaskawa has launched a new collaborative industrial robot range at Automatica, along with a number of other innovations, including a new compact controller.
The hotly anticipated collaborative Motoman HC10 is consistent with the plan to position Yaskawa as one of the world’s leading robot manufacturers in the area of human-robot collaboration.
The manufacturer of Motoman industrial robots is presenting the new development outside Japan for the first time at its stand in the new robotic technology hall (B6-502).
Something else new is the GP series, which is celebrating its European début at the Automatica with the first Motoman GP7 and Motoman GP8 models.
With a load-bearing capacity of 7 and 8 kg respectively, the two robots comply with protection class IP67 and thus are suitable for use in handling and other automation tasks even in tougher environments.
The robots of the GP series are controlled with the YRC1000 controller, which is also new. This extremely compact controller allows for the best possible use of space and is designed to set new standards in robot acceleration and speed.
As another innovation, Yaskawa is showing a mobile system for machine feeding, developed in conjunction with Clearpath in the United States. The fully integrated solution will demonstrate a driverless transport system from Clearpath with a Motoman MH12 handling robot from Yaskawa.
System solutions for Industry 4.0
Other topics covered on Yaskawa stand at Automatic include end-to-end system solutions for Industry 4.0. The current MotoLogix interface enables robots to be programmed with ease through the programmable logic controller (PLC). As well as the Ethernet and Powerlink platforms, Profinet is now also approved as a new option.
Drive and control technology from the Drives and Motion and Vipa divisions round off the portfolio of solutions. The focus is on powerful components that use integrated intelligent functions to consistently simplify and speed up commissioning and operations.
An example of this is the new generation of frequency converters, which first began with the models from the GA700 series.
The new Sigma 7 servo drives, which are also already in use in the Motoman robots of the GP series, ensure consistent, time-saving commissioning, while at the same time offering a high level of production output and maximum fail-safe tolerance.