The HC10 can be implemented for most applications that meet the payload and reach specifications of the robot. In particular, machine tending, parts handling and assembly are great environments. In addition, the HC10 can easily work in environments that have space restrictions or where it must coexist with human workers. The HC10 is best-suited for environments that require ease of transition from one to another in an efficient manner. Initially, many customers try to find applications that may be dirty, repetitive, boring... basically jobs that people dislike. This can free the worker up for other jobs where they can be more productive.
It is always recommended that a risk assessment be performed since there are many things that affect the safety of the system, not just the robot arm. The environment, the gripper and the item being carried by the gripper all affect the safety of the system. A safe robot does not equal a safe system. While the robot arm may be safe (collaborative), the true safety depends on the entire robot system. The integrator is responsible for completing the initial risk assessment; the end user should participate in the initial risk assessment process and is responsible for maintaining the information and making future changes.
How is a collaborative robot different from a regular industrial robot?
The key features that mark a robot as collaborative are:
The HC10 robot has a 10 kg payload with a reach of 1,200 mm.
The HC10 is currently only supported on the new YRC1000 controller.
At the time of release, the HC10 will meet or exceed the following safety standards/certifications:
ISO 10218-1, ISO 13849-1 PLd Cat 3
The YRC1000 controller does not currently support single phase 110V/120V or 220V, but will be in a future version.
The HC10 incorporates proprietary dual torque sensors in each joint. These enable the robot arm to sense pressure when it comes into contact with a human (or any other object) and stop accordingly. To learn more about the power and force limiting (PFL) technologies used in the HC10, please visit the Resources Page.
The HC10 can be taught (programmed) one of two ways:
#1. Through its easy teaching mode (Easy Teach), the arm can easily be maneuvered to teach the required path and waypoints. The mode is called lead-through-jogging or hand guiding.
#2. The HC10 can also be programmed via the traditional method by jogging it using the teach pendant. This is a full-featured pendant design that is based upon many years of experience and customer feedback.
We characterize the HC10 as "movable", not necessarily 'mobile'. The difference being that it can be moved from work area to work area if needed, but we do not see it as a mobile solution where it is constantly being switched between workstations.
Yes, the HC10 can be floor-, wall-, ceiling- and tilt-mounted.
Yaskawa is working with several third-party vendors to certify their tooling a gripper components are compatible with the HC10 robot. This provides the HC10 user with a wide variety of choices and the freedom to pick the tools that best meet the application needs.
The YRC1000 controller supports all popular industrial networks with safety, including Ethernet/IP, Profinet, Modbus and DeviceNet. In addition, it has expandable I/O and integration with industrial HMIs.
Yes, the HC10 will be supported by a future release of Motosim® EG-VRC.