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  • Award for high design quality: Industrial handling robot Motoman GP8 receives Red Dot

    The Red Dot jury has made its decision: After all of the products submitted were tested and assessed individually in the course of an evaluation process spanning several days, the handling robot Motoman GP8 by Yaskawa received the distinction “Red Dot”. The panel of experts awards the internationally recognised seal of quality only to products that win them over with their high design quality.

    Introduced as fastest industrial robots in its class, the awarded Motoman GP8 is completely executed in protective class IP67. It can thus be used without further modification in harsher environments for handling and other automation tasks. Its slender and curvaceous design allows the manipulator to delve deep into the workspace and smooth surfaces facilitate the cleaning of the robot. Only one robot cable is needed to connect manipulator and control unit. The advantages of this solution lie in less wear and a smaller footprint, as well as reduced expenses for maintenance and spare parts inventory. The 6-axis robot was developed for particularly fast joining, packaging and general handling applications.

    Evaluation platform for good design

    The Red Dot Award: Product Design has roots dating back as far as 1955 and determines the best products created each year. In 2018, designers and manufacturers from 59 countries submitted more than 6,300 objects to the competition. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, a jury comprising roughly 40 members assessed the products individually based on the original. The strict judging criteria, which include level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics and durability, provide a frame of reference which the jurors then complement with their own expertise.

    A choice of three different distinctions are awarded: The Red Dot: Best of the Best is reserved for the best products in a category, while the Red Dot is the distinction for high design quality. An Honourable Mention is awarded for a particularly well-executed aspect of design work.

    “I want to congratulate the award winners sincerely on their wonderful success in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018. Success in the competition is proof of the good design quality of the products and once again shows that companies are on the right path. When I speak about good design, I am referring to more than just an attractive product. All of the products are characterised by outstanding functionality. This demonstrates that the designers have understood their clients and their needs”, said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.

    Celebration to honour the laureates

    The winners will be celebrated at the Red Dot Gala on 9 July 2018. The Red Dot: Best of the Best laureates will receive their well-deserved trophies on stage at Essen’s opera house, the Aalto-Theater, during the award ceremony. At the subsequent Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, the Red Dot laureates receive their certificates and can all celebrate their success together in the midst of the award-winning products, as the aftershow party is simultaneously the exhibition launch: For a four-week period, the special exhibition “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018” will feature the award-winning innovations as part of the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.

    The day of the Red Dot Gala coincides with the publication of the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2018/2019, which showcases all of the year’s winning products. In addition, they can be found in the Online Exhibition, the Red Dot App and on Red Dot 21 from that date.


  • Motoman GP series extended to accommodate payloads of 600 kg

    Easy handling of heavy loads

    The Motoman GP series comprises compact and extremely efficient robots for high-speed joining, packaging and general handling applications. In time for Automatica, Yaskawa has widened its range by adding several new handling models with payloads of 35 to 600 kg.

    With this latest addition to the range of models the current GP models are successively replacing the handling robots of the proven MH series ab. “GP” stands for “general purpose” and thus for a multitude of applications. The 6-axis robots are true productivity drivers.

    New Motoman YRC1000 high-performance controller

    The GP series of robots are controlled by the new Motoman YRC1000 high-performance controller. The hand-held programmer of the YRC1000 control unit is clearly and ergonomically arranged. It is the lightest in its category at only 730g. The touchscreen enables intuitive operation and thus easy movement and scrolling with the cursor. A 3D-simulation on the display of the hand-held programmer shows the movement of the real robot arm and the limits of safe working. Open interfaces predestine the new generation of controllers for use in Industrie 4.0 environments. The extremely compact control unit with a cabinet volume of only 125 litres permits optimum use of space. The product portfolio is rounded off by many additional cabinets in the same design.

    Robust design

    Like the first models of the GP series, the wrist axes (R, B, T) of the new handling robots are constructed in conformance with protection class IP67. This enables them to be used for handling and other automated tasks in harsher environments without further modifications.

    Their slim and compact design enables the manipulators to reach deep into the working areas, and the smooth surfaces facilitate cleaning of the GP robots. Only a robot cable is required for connecting the manipulator to the controller. The advantages of this solution lie in extremely low wear and reduced space requirements. In addition, it enables a reduction in the spare parts inventory and lower maintenance costs.


  • MotoMINI extends the range of MOTOMAN models downwards

    Small, but it packs a punch

    For Automatica Yaskawa has augmented its Motoman robot portfolio with what is now its smallest model: with a range of 350 mm the new MotoMINI can handle a payload of 500 g.

    As a lightweight, high-speed robot the compact 6-axis computer combines fast cycle rates with a high degree of repeatability of 0.03 mm. This makes the MotoMINI ideal for handling small workpieces and components, but of course also for assembly work in small production machines. Thanks to its compact design, it has only a small footprint.

    Within the smallest of spaces this robot moves components in all three directions and around all three axes. This freedom of movement facilitates more complex, three-dimensional handling operations.

    It reduces the space requirements for the production plant, while boosting productivity. At only 7 kg the dead weight of the manipulator is so small that depending on operating conditions or workpiece being processed the robot can be used flexibly and application-specific. Installation on linear axes or other “workplace extenders” likewise broadens the field of application of the MotoMINI.

    The robot is thus in alignment with Yaskawa’s strategy of “built-to-order” products that satisfy the requirements today’s of Industrie 4.0.

    New Motoman YRC1000micro high-performance controller

    The controller is likewise particularly small and lightweight. The MotoMINI is operated with the new high-performance Motoman YRC1000micro controller. Its hand-held programmer – the lightest in its category at only 730g – is ergonomic and clearly arranged. The touchscreen enables intuitive operation and thus simple movement and scrolling with the cursor. A 3D simulation on the display of the hand-held programmer shows the movement of the real robot arm and the limits of safe working. Open interfaces predestine the new generation of controllers for use in Industrie 4.0 environments.

    The extremely compact controller with a cabinet volume of only 21.5 litres has a small footprint and can be installed close to the robot in the cell. Despite its modest space requirement, the controller not only offers the quality of movement that is typical for Yaskawa; it can optionally be operated with two additional axes, equipped with all field bus systems and even designed as a safe controller. In conformance with Yaskawa’s standards, this controller achieves a placing in the PL d Category 3.


  • MOTOMAN HC10 - “Easy teaching” for collaborative operation

    At Automatica, Yaskawa will be displaying a further development of the collaborative Motoman HC10 robot. The HC10DT (DT stands for “Direct Teach”) model variant can optionally be programmed directly via the robot arm. This “easy teaching” is made possible by a special switch box with function buttons. In addition, Yaskawa will be introducing the next generation of programmers in the form of the new Smart Pendant.

    The robot flange of the HC10DT is equipped with three different buttons: enabling button, teach-in button and tool button for opening and closing the gripper. It is thus no longer necessary to hold the teach pendant in the hand during robot programming, which simplifies the process.

    Smart Pendant – programmer of the next generation

    In conjunction with the new Smart Pendant programmer, the HC10DT is easy to program and operate. The user has to memorize less data, e.g. commands, values and the entire operating procedure. The main menu allows simple changing back and forth between the screens, as they are listed in a specific, easily traceable sequence. Besides this, the Smart Pendant gives easy access to all functions. The user retains a perfect overview of all entries in the navigation menu, and in case of a problem will always find his/her way back to the main menu. The Smart Pendant is also available for Motoman robots with YRC1000 or YRC1000 micro-control.
    Suitable for collaborative and industrial robot applications

    The Motoman HC10 with a YRC1000 controller is a hybrid robot with a working range of 1.2 m and handling weight of 10 kg that can be used either as a normal industrial robot or a collaborating robot. In addition to the safety aspects, from the start of the design process of the HC10 a clear focus was placed on a high degree of user-friendliness.

    The Motoman HC10 provides the required safety in direct contact with the operator by means of 6-fold force and torque monitoring that enables flexible interaction between the robot and its environment.

    As far as German and European safety standards are concerned, pursuant to technical specification ISO TS15066 the Motoman HC10 may be deployed as a power and force limited robot of the 4th collaboration type. It not only conforms to the requirements of the European Machine Directive (2006/42/EG); its YRC1000 controller with FSU- and PFL circuit board also meets at least performance level (PL) d Category 3 pursuant to DIN EN ISO 13849-1. The existing EC Type Examination Certificate by TÜV Rhineland as the notified body (NB) confirms conformance with these specific requirements.