Yaskawa Motoman industrial robots and robotics automation systems

Motoman Robots Handling and Sorting

Motoman AutoSorter II system uses a high-speed HM700 SCARA robot to automatically sort bar-coded specimen tubes into the appropriate target racks, improving traceability and eliminating sorting errors.Liquid Biological Specimens

Solution consisting of three Motoman AutoSorter II cells meets or exceeds all project goals and objectives. Based on bar code read of tube labels and direct link with Laboratory Information System data bases, each robot sorts incoming tubes from large 450-position storage trays into a 150-position target tray, one of five drawers containing target racks or a biohazard trash receptacle. Each cell sorts up to 950 tubes per hour and provides 35-45 minutes of walkaway time with no interruption for load/unload. Cell throughput rate is 50 tubes per hour faster than requirement. System communicates with Laboratory Information System data bases directly, improving traceability and eliminating sorting errors.

Project Challenges

Motoman Robotics Solution

Motoman Robotics provided a modular tube sorting solution, including:

Fixtures/Tooling Details

The robot is equipped with a four-jaw fail-safe tube gripper that handles a range of industry-standard tubes (12-16 mm/0.45"-0.63" dia. and 75-100 mm/2.95"-3.94" H). Includes gripper orientation to address 22-mm (0.87") rack pitch. Tube-present sensor and spring-loaded Z-axis over-travel sensor are included.

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