Sensors, robotics, vision: Robotic speed, flexibility improve


Rosemont, IL —Speed and flexibility of robotics and sensors have increased in several key application areas, including welding, materials handling, and 3D machine vision, according to Motoman Inc . at the Robot & Vision Show , June 12-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Motoman booth 1423. Also at the Stephens Convention Center was Sensors Expo 2007 , June 11-13.

Motoman described several new, unique robotic offerings, including:
SSA2000 , said to be the “world’s fastest arc welding robot.” Motion speed of the Motoman SSA2000 is up to 30% faster than previously available robotics. The increased speed translates into reduction in weld cycle time up to 15%, company says.

DA20 , said to be the “world-leading humanoid robot,” features high-speed motion, coupled with human-like flexibility, making this dual-arm robot ideally suited for tasks previously performed by people. Two arms work together to double the payload for handling heavier loads.

IA20 , which Motoman calls the “world’s most flexible handling robot,” has what it calls “a revolutionary actuator-driven design that enables amazing freedom of movement and the ability to maneuver in very tight areas previously inaccessible to robots.”

AWC500 , the new “world-leading standard robotic arc welding workcell” features a unique safety solution that allows operators to work in close proximity to the robot. It integrates part positioning in a very compact floorspace. Setup of this cell is easy, says Motoman:
1. Complete ArcWorld product is delivered to the loading dock;
2. Use a forklift to move cell into place, lag down, and level; and
3. Connect power, wire and gas; program; load parts; and make money!

Motoman also offers 10 families of application-specific robots uniquely designed to optimize performance for a particular process. Integrated through-the-arm cabling on many models, specialized software, and other innovative design features enhance productivity. A Motoman HP50-35 robot uses integrated 3D vision to solve a complex task of unloading layered brake rotor parts from a bin. Motoman uses vision products from Shafi, Cognex, and Omron to provide unmatched robotic solutions. New customer care center and e-commerce capabilities are available. A new Simple Education System (SES) allows on-site training without robot downtime.

Motoman is a subsidiary company of Yaskawa Electric Corp .

Control Engineering has covered other robotics, vision, and sensor developments from the co-located shows. Click here for more.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
Control Engineering Daily News

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