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‘Singular’ controller simplifies robot integration

29 January, 2019

At the recent SPS IPC Drives show, Yaskawa unveiled a “singular” control system that allows users to integrate robots into existing architectures without needing to use a programming device or a robot programming language. The MP3300iec RBT controller can handle robots, servodrives, inverter drives and I/O systems, and can synchronise them via the real-time Mechatrolink III Ethernet bus.

The movements of the robot axes or of customer-specific kinematics are calculated by the controller’s firmware, allowing programmers to focus on the application, without needing to worry about the underlying technology.

Application programming is done via a single software tool using PLCopen or free Yaskawa function blocks. Functions built into the MotionWorks IEC software include visualisation tools, conveyor tracking and support for camera systems.

Machines incorporating motion control axes, inverter drives or I/O systems can be programmed in a single software environment, increasing flexibility and machine throughput, without having to change the application programme or to integrate new controllers.

Yaskawa’s “singular” control system can integrate robots with other automation technologies including servodrives, inverters and I/O systems

Robots controlled by Yaskawa’s DX2900, YRC1000 or YRC1000 Micro controllers can be integrated into a machine architecture at the click of a button. Programmers can control them using standard PLCopen function blocks.

The MP3300iec RBT controller can handle 62 real axes and two virtual axes. When used with Yaskawa’s Sigma-7 servo system, the controller can also obtain diagnostic information such as vibration analyses, which can be used to plan maintenance.

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