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Controller Provides Multiple Robot and System-Level Controls

Using patented multiple robot control technology, Yaskawa Motoman's DX100 controller is designed to handle multiple tasks, including control of up to eight robots (72 axes), as well as I/O devices and communication protocols. "The energy-saving DX100 features faster processing speeds, advanced robot arm control for smoother interpolation, built-in collision avoidance and quicker I/O response," said a computer spokesperson. "These advanced control functions take advantage of Yaskawa's Sigma-5 motor technology to optimize acceleration characteristics and reduce cycle time."

Featuring PC architecture, the DX100 uses a Windows CE programming pendant with color touch screen. Multiple window display capability and a cross-shaped navigation cursor are intended to reduce teaching time by 30%, and program files can now be up to 32 characters long. A compact flash slot and USB port facilitate memory back-ups. All operator controls are located on the pendant, allowing the control cabinet to be mounted remotely. Connections to the controller cabinet are made through the back of the unit. The control cabinet allows for up to three external axes and can be remote-mounted. Top- or side-mount expansion options are available. According to the company, the DX100 conserves power during robot idle time, providing up to 25% energy savings.

Its I/O suite includes integral PLC and HMI pendant displays, 2,048 I/O and a graphical ladder editor that can provide an efficient system level control. The DX100 supports all major fieldbus networks and offers connection to an information infrastructure through standard network options for Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus-DP and others.

The DX100 controller is compliant to ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999, ISO 10218-1-2007 and other relevant safety standards. It includes dual-channel E-Stop functionality, integrated speed monitoring and manual brake release for the robot. An optional third-party certified functional safety unit provides user-defined zone control and axis limits, plus speed and stopped-state monitoring. By minimizing the robot's restricted space, these features can be used to reduce the cell floor space requirements.

"By often eliminating the need for a separate PLC and human machine interface (HMI), the DX100 controller delivers significant cost savings at the system level, while also decreasing workcell complexity and improving overall reliability," said the spokesperson.

The DX100 has a reducer status check function that facilitates predictive maintenance. It also provides enhanced troubleshooting and alarm recovery, and according to the company, a 20% improvement in mean time to repair (MTTR).

For more information contact:

Yaskawa America, Inc.

Motoman Robotics Division

100 Automation Way

Miamisburg, OH 45342


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