Adept introduces robots controlled from Allen-Bradley PLC

Livermore, CA—Adept Technology Inc. has introduced a new family of PLC-controlled robots that combine a selectively compliant articulated robot arm (SCARA) robot with a programmable logic controller (PLC) server. This solution provides simplified integration with direct programming of the robot via a DF-1 serial connection from Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley PLCs.

09/16/2003


Livermore, CA— Adept Technology Inc. has introduced a new family of PLC-controlled robots that combine a selectively compliant articulated robot arm (SCARA) robot with a programmable logic controller (PLC) server. This solution provides simplified integration with direct programming of the robot via a DF-1 serial connection from Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley of PLCs, including its PLC-5, SLC-500 and Logix.

The initial robots in the family will include the 4-axis SCARA Adept Cobra PLC600 and the Adept Cobra PLC800. Adept manufactures flexible automation for the semiconductor, electronics, fiber-optic, telecommunications, and life sciences industries. The robots will be shown at the Assembly Technology Expo, Sept. 23-25, in Chicago, IL.

'Connecting robots to a PLC is nothing new,' says Charlie Duncheon, Adept’s executive VP. 'What's unique about the Adept Cobra PLC robot family is that the robots are programmed and controlled directly from the customer's PLC. The user simply connects the Adept PLC server to their PLC and programs the robot directly from the PLC's native programming environment. The Adept PLC server approach is unique in that no emulation of ladder logic is performed and no soft PLC is used. This is direct control of the robot by the PLC. This new robot product line will enable us to expand into markets where industrial robots were traditionally perceived as too complex to implement and maintain.'

Adept reports that many employees on factory floors view robots as sophisticated machines requiring extensive knowledge and expertise to deploy. With the Adept Cobra PLC robots, entire applications can be configured and programmed directly on the customer's PLC. Because the PLC server integrates directly with existing PLCs, this enables plant-floor personnel familiar with PLCs to develop and support robot applications without being robot experts. This product is designed to be cost-effective and ideally suited for a wide range of part handling, packaging and pick-and-place applications.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@reedbusiness.com





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