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Integrated Solution of i³-Mechatronics – Yaskawa Begins Sales of Robot Module RM100 embedded in Machine Controllers

ProductSep 19, 2018

Yaskawa Electric Corporation (head office: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka; Representative Director and President: Hiroshi Ogasawara) begins sales of robot module “RM100”, a new hardware solution that can access industrial robots through machine controller, utilizing one of the best servo drives as well as the robot controlling technologies in the world. The company has been providing digital solutions with its new solution concept “i3-Mechatronics” to “realize revolutionary industrial automation”, set in the company’s long-term business plan “Vision 2025”.

By embedding board-shaped robot module “RM100” in the body of “MP3300”, one of the machine controller “MP3000 series” that receives a favorable reputation, this solution realizes integrated control across various industrial machines where articulated industrial robots are installed.

Robot module RM100

 

1. Key Features

The solution configures articulated industrial robots as a part of various industrial machines that use machine controller, and establishes optimal and efficient automation lines in our customers’ production facilities.

 

1) Improve productivity

With the synchronized control of industrial machines and robots, which used to be controlled by machine controllers and robot controllers respectively, the solution eliminates the need for mutual monitoring performed on I/O level. It makes process integration and speed changing in production much easier, and allows flexible equipment building to address a fluctuation in production volume as well as a wide range of products. 

2) Improve control performance

Since machine controller MP3300 is connected to RM100 through high-speed system bus, users can synchronize two programs using the control cycle of MP3300. In result, industrial machines and robots behaves in more accurate and coordinated movement to improve the tact time.

 

3) Control robots developed by users

Yaskawa developed a new configuration tool RM-Config that sets and tunes structural parameters. This tool enables users to control not only the robots manufactured by Yaskawa but also the robots developed by users*.

*The tool can support only six-axis vertical articulated robots at the start of sales.

 

4) Improve maintainability

By controlling industrial machines and robots altogether, the solution allows to manage the data of various equipment in a unified manner. It also visualizes the system as a whole, makes it easier to troubleshoot, perform preventive maintenance and capture operation status, and contributes to improve maintainability.

  

 

2. Ratings / Specifications

Items Specifications
Model (Abbreviation) JAPMC-RM3301-E (RM100)
Ethernet 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T×1 Port
MECHATROLINK-III 1 line × 2 ports
 




Master Function Transmission Speed 100Mbps
Transmission Cycle 0.5ms
Number of Connected Stations 10 stations (16 axes)
Message Relay Function Not available
C2 Message Not available
Retry Function Available
USB ・USB2.0TYPE-A Host × 1 port
・Supported device :  USB storage

*Ethernet is a trademark of Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

 

3. Main Uses

・Processing equipment

・Packaging equipment

・Other general industrial machines

 

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