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Frequently Asked Questions

Application

What types of applications is the HC10 robot best suited to automate?

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 station to another in an efficient manner. Many companies find that dirty, repetitive and boring tasks are ideal for the HC10, freeing workers to be utilized on other jobs where they can be more productive.

Is a risk assessment required?

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.

Cobot

How is a collaborative robot different from a regular industrial robot?

How is a collaborative robot different from a regular industrial robot?

The key features that mark a robot as collaborative are:

  • Power and force limiting capability that allows for safe human interaction
  • Easy to use, easy to teach, easy to redeploy
  • Program by hand guiding
  • Frequent adjustment, interaction and redeployment as compared to standard industrial robot applications
What is the payload? Reach?

The HC10 robot has a 10 kg payload with a reach of 1,200 mm.

What controller is required for the HC10?

The HC10 is currently only supported on the new YRC1000 controller.

What safety certifications will the HC10 have?

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

Things to consider during an assessment are:
  • Are there extreme temperatures capable of causing injury to the operator if contact is made?
  • If the part becomes dislodged from the end of arm tooling, could the impact injure the operator?
  • If clamping forces on the end-of-arm tooling or fixtures can cause an injury, can the force be reduced?
  • Can exposure to sharp edges cause cuts and abrasions?
  • Can personal protective equipment affect how the operator works?
  • Is the transition between the collaborative and non-collaborative workspaces defined, understood by the operators and controlled?

Software & Technology

Can I use 110V/120V power with the HC10?

The YRC1000 controller does not currently support single phase 110V/120V or 220V, but will be in a future version.

Can the Yaskawa FSU be installed with the HC10?
Yes, an enhanced Functional Safety Unit (FSU) provides control-reliable zone and tool position monitoring, standstill monitoring and speed limiting. This can reduce costs for safeguarding hardware, while providing new capabilities such as collaborative tasks. The FSU can define multiple zones and monitor if the robot is inside or outside the zone. A graphic utility on the robot teach pendant aids in the setup of robot, tool and work zones. User-defined zones are displayed on the visual read out and are colored by work zone and type.
What can you tell me about the HC10's torque sensing technology?

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.

How is the HC10 programmed?

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.

Mount

Is the HC10 a mobile robot?

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.

Can the HC10 be mounted on a wall or ceiling?

Yes, the HC10 can be floor-, wall-, ceiling- and tilt-mounted.

End of Arm Tooling

Will Yaskawa be selling collaborative tooling/grippers for the HC10?

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.

Infrastructure

How will the HC10 integrate into my existing automation infrastructure?

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.

Customer Support

Will the HC10 be supported through offline simulation software?

Yes, the HC10 will be supported by a future release of Motosim® EG-VRC.

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