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





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me