Sensors, robotics, vision: Robotic speed, flexibility improve

06/19/2007


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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