Yaskawa HC10 cobot promises flexible task automation

Thursday April 06, 2017
Apr. 6, 2017 - This week at Automate 2017, Yaskawa Motoman introduced the HC10 human-collaborative robot, describing it as a six-axis robot that can work safely with, or in close proximity to humans by stopping the robot in the event of contact with an operator.

Dual torque sensors in all joints monitor force to react to contact — “something typically only found in more expensive systems,” explains the robotmaker. Yaskawa explains that the model is designed to eliminate operator pinch points while through-arm utilities hide cabling and increase safety by reducing the risks of snagging or interference with other equipment. Utilizing Easy Teach software, the user can hand-guide the HC10 when teaching new program paths. Controlled by Yaskawa’s new YRC1000 controller, the robot offers a 10-kg payload and 1,200 mm reach and can perform a range of material handling, machine tending or light assembly tasks. Function-specific tooling and accessories are available from various Yaskawa partners. According to the company, its I/O communication speed is improved by as much as 50 per cent for improved work efficiency and a single controller-to-robot cable improves cable reliability.

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