Events | Product News | Corporate News | Featured Article | Additional Info | Partner Spotlight August 15, 2012 Edition

Don't Miss Us at IMTS in Chicago!

At IMTS in Chicago, IL (Sept. 10-15), we will be demonstrating a wide range of automation solutions for your advanced manufacturing needs. We will be introducing our new MC2000 robot with precision accuracy along with technologies for many different applications.

Visit us in the North Hall at booth #6600. Register now!

Product News

New! MC2000 Robot

The "Master Cut" MC2000 robot will be introduced at IMTS. The 50-kg MC2000 is designed with high rigidity and precision drives to provide superior path accuracy for laser cutting small holes and sharp corners. Cutting of shapes or profiles is easy using Formcut software which automatically generates the ideal path based on user-specified geometry.

HP350D-200 Robot

The flexible HP350D-200 robot is designed for heavy-duty performance for a variety of handling applications. This 200 kg payload robot has a large work envelope, making it ideal for handling big, heavy parts and "jigless" processing. Its streamlined design allows the robot to reach into confined spaces, improving system productivity.

New! MotoSight 3D VisionPro

MotoSight 3D VisionPro is powered by Cognex's powerful vision software. The user interface on the teach pendant provides a way to view images for immediate feedback from the camera. This machine vision tool delivers accurate, real-time 3D position information for a wide of applications where 2D tools are not sufficient.

Interface for NI LabVIEW

Yaskawa Motoman has introduced a new interface supporting NI LabVIEW programming of Motoman® industrial robots. Developed in collaboration with National Instruments and ImagingLab, the library allows users to configure, program and deploy robots all from within the LabVIEW system design software environment.

Corporate News

Regional Open House

Yaskawa Motoman, in cooperation with several industry partners, recently held an open house for local businesses at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (Tanner, AL). Guests interacted with hands-on demos and attended sessions to learn the latest in robotics technology.

If you are interested in holding a similar event at our facility or a remote location, please contact Sam Schenck.

Featured Article

A Road Map to Robotics

Implementing robotics can prove to be beneficial, but you can’t expect to achieve your desired productivity results if you don’t know how products flow to and from that cell. In other words, simply throwing a robot onto the shop floor is not the answer. Before you make the commitment to robotics, it’s important to analyze your process flow and adopt methods that will help reduce waste from the manual process.

This article was adapted from Andy Glaser’s presentation titled “Job Shop Automation: Bettering the Bottom Line.” Read more…

Glaser, vice president of sales for Motoman Robotics, will be speaking on this topic on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at IMTS (more details). See the full conference schedule.

Additional Info

Pro-face Releases New HMI Solution for Motoman Controllers

Pro-face, the global leader in operator interface terminals, announces the release of a new HMI solution for the Motoman DX100 and FS100 robot controllers. The new High Speed Ethernet Server Driver and the associated Template HMI Project can help increase robot capacity utilization and reduce fault recovery times. This Pro-face exclusive driver provides teach-pendant functionality on AGP3000 and GP4000 series HMI terminals, allowing you to quickly confirm robot status directly from the HMI screen. The driver can be used simultaneously with Ethernet/IP or other PLC drivers, providing integrated system monitoring of the robot and PLC from one HMI terminal.

The Pro-face Template HMI Project is a ready-to-use application. Configurable for up to 8 robots, this program allows you to monitor robot status, I/O, job program and other operating conditions. It also provides alarm status and history, and predictive maintenance functions. User-configurable for specific robot applications, this Template Project can be used as is, or as a starting point for a customized HMI program.

View a short video of this new HMI solution.

For more information, please download the Pro-face HMI Solution flyer or visit

Partner Spotlight

Several of our partners will feature Motoman products at IMTS. If you're attending, be sure to visit their booths:

Modern Industries, Inc. (Booth #W-2122)
Royal Master Grinders, Inc. (Booth #N-6646)
Schunk, Inc. (Booth #W-2000)
Visual Components (Booth #E-4681)
Wire Crafters, LLC (Booth #W-2095)
Xebec (Booth #W-2079)

You can also see the following partners in our booth:

Autonetics Industrial Automation
Compass Automation
Mid-West Machine Products, Inc.
Universal Tool & Engineering