Manufacturing AUTOMATION

“Master cut” robot

August 24, 2012
By Alison Dunn

The new Motoman MC2000 “Master Cut” robot is designed with high rigidity and precision drives to provide superior path accuracy for laser cutting small holes and sharp corners. Path accuracy can be within 0.1 mm, depending on the application. The MC2000 features a 50 kg (110.3 lb) payload, recommended for a remote laser welding head.  When used with a standard welding or cutting laser head, the MC2000 offers higher path accuracy. This robot has a 2,038 mm (80.2”) horizontal reach, a 3,165 mm (124.6”) vertical reach and a ±0.07 mm (0.003”) repeatability. It is floor-mounted and has brakes on all axes. In addition to material cutting, the six-axis MC2000 can be used for laser welding and dispensing applications. The MC2000 uses the dynamic Motoman DX100 controller that incorporates patented multiple robot control technology to handle multiple tasks and control up to eight robots (72 axes), I/O devices and communication protocols.  Featuring a robust PC architecture with unmatched memory capacity, the DX100 uses a Windows CE programming pendant with color touch screen. The energy-saving DX100 controller features faster processing speeds for smoother interpolation, advanced robot arm motion, built-in collision avoidance, quicker I/O response and accelerated Ethernet communication. Its extensive I/O suite includes integral PLC and HMI pendant displays, 2,048 I/O and a graphical ladder editor that can provide system level control.  The DX100 controller supports all major fieldbus networks.  It is compliant to ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 and other relevant ISO and CSA safety standards.

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