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Yamaha launches new SCARA robot and ‘advanced’ robotics automation platform


Company claims its robot has the industry’s fastest motion performance of a 0.28 seconds standard cycle time, and it targets unit sales of 2,800 at an open price

Yamaha has introduced a “new full model change” SCARA Robot YKX Series, which is compatible with its own “Advanced Robotics Automation Platform” – essentially an internet of things platform for its machines. 

Yamaha will formally launch the new YKX series of SCARA robots and its the newly-developed Advanced Robotics Automation Platform integrated control robot system on December 1, 2016.

With this “full model change”, as Yamaha calls it, the YKX series has achieved even higher rigidity and high-speed motion through drive system upgrades and Yamaha Motor’s “unique” motor-reduction gear direct connection structure – a completely beltless structure, says the company. 

Yamaha says this advancement has improved motion performance in practice while holding tools and pieces, and the 400mm-length arm model boasts the industry-fastest* standard cycle time of 0.28 seconds.

The robot arm is pre-fitted with utility spaces and attachment screws in order to attach peripheral devices such as user tools, as well as having internal wiring and piping designed for a variety of usages including air devices, solenoid valves, and camera devices as standard equipment, enabling smooth introduction of this robot.

Moreover, the detachable robot connection cable makes mounting of the robot itself or changing the cable length simple.

The motors are complete absolute method models, making origin return unnecessary when moving the robot or at startup.

Furthermore, the transition to the beltless layout and adoption of long-life grease means that the drive system is now maintenance free.

In addition, the YKX series is compatible with Yamaha’s Advanced Robotics Automation Platform integrated control robot system, which enables control of multiple robot products, in order to increase space efficiency and decrease introduction costs.

Through a broad product lineup and optimal performance and size to match customer needs, the YKX series flexibly and rapidly adapts to a wide range of customer applications, says the company.


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