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Yamaha shows advanced and affordable robot technologies at Motek 2021

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Yamaha Motor Robotics Factory Automation Section shared advanced robotics and Haribo sweets with visitors at Motek 2021, held in Stuttgart from October 5-8.

Europe’s showcase for state-of-the-art industrial automation, Motek presented one of the first opportunities in almost two years for the region’s robotics experts to meet face to face.

“We were encouraged at the level of attendance by visitors looking to discover how the latest industrial robots can improve operations and business performance,” commented Yasushi Miyake, Branch Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe IM business. “We feel very positive about the signs going forward, and the contribution our industry can make towards ensuring safety and prosperity.”

While protecting customers, partners, and employees, Yamaha has continued to work on product innovations, including advanced software that simplifies control and programming, as well as SCARA robots such as the latest YK-XE series. Engineered for affordability and performance, the YK-XE series can take loads from 4kg to 10kg and handle items such as textiles, foodstuffs, and high-tech components in activities from packaging and logistics to product assembly.

At Motek, the YK400XE, which has 400mm arm length, served visitors with Haribo sweets during the show, working with Yamaha’s latest RCXiVY2+ vision system. RCXiVY2+ introduces new features such as blob detection for tracking objects like items of food and clothing that have no defined shape. The RCXiVY2+ system is managed directly by the main RCX340 controller using dedicated robot-vision instructions, which ensures greater speed and efficiency than traditional machine vision.

An additional demonstration showed the YK400XE and RCXiVY2+ working with Asyril’s Asycube intelligent parts feeder, integrated using software created by Yamaha, to accelerate picking bulk components and accurate placement with orientation checking on the fly.

Demonstrating flexible workpiece transportation, Yamaha’s LCMR200 linear conveyor module showed how its programmable direction, speed, and acceleration give extra flexibility. Where traditional belt and roller conveyors typically allow a single direction and fixed speed, LCMR200 lets system integrators maximise the throughput and minimise the footprint of any cell containing one or more robots performing processes such as picking, placing, dispensing, mechanical assembly, and packaging. They can also enhance the productivity of semi-automated and manual production lines.

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