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6-Axis Cobot Safely Increases Welding Productivity

Compatible with numerous power sources, Yaskawa-Motoman’s HC10XP shifts between collaborative speed in power and force limiting (PFL) mode or full speed in industrial mode so you can optimize cycle times based on risk assessment and process requirements.

Posted: August 24, 2020

Yaskawa-Motoman’s HC10XP offers precision hand-guiding, facilitating easy programming for fast implementation. Built with cast aluminum for durability, the human-collaborative features a rugged IP67 rating to reliably operate in harsh welding environments, as well as an easy-to-clean surface.

Compatible with Miller Auto-Continuum 350 or 500, Lincoln Power Wave with ArcLink, and semi-automatic power sources with I/O trigger-switch control, the HC10XP from the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc. (Dayton, OH) is available with Yaskawa’s universal weldcom interface (UWI) that enables full control of any compatible power source brand using a common interface as well as a variety of third-party torches, tooling, and accessories.

Designed to add robotic welding capacity to current production, the 6-axis human-collaborative robot enables operation with or in close proximity to human coworkers. Ideal for supplementing manual welding or for rolling up to large, heavy workpieces with its 1,200-mm reach, the 10-kg-payload HC10XP can be easily repurposed depending on production needs.

Meeting established safety standards (TUV-certified to ISO 13849-1; complies with ISO 10218-1 and ISO TS 15066), the HC10XP features power and force limiting (PFL), where dual-channel torque sensors in all joints constantly monitor force to quickly react. The pinch-less robot can operate without additional protective measures (risk assessment dependent) such as a safety fence, lowering costs and space requirements.

Through-arm utilities hide cabling, including a Category 6 ethernet cable that enables communications for a wide variety of tooling options. This reduces the risk of snagging or interference with other equipment.

The highly repeatable robot can easily shift between collaborative speed in PFL mode or full speed in industrial mode, optimizing cycle times based on risk assessment and process requirements. Robot path teaching can be accomplished by hand guiding, teach pendant, or jogging with an external device using I/O control.

The YRC1000 controller doesn’t require a transformer for input voltages ranging from 380VAC to 480VAC. With a highly compact cabinet (598 W x 490 H x 427 D mm), the controller uses a lightweight teach pendant with intuitive programming.

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