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Robots for Hazardous Environments

Robots for Hazardous Environments

Posted: 11/16/2020 5:18:26 PM by Peter Goike
Topics: Dispensing, Painting

Found in nearly every industry, hazardous work environments are a key driver for robot utilization. However, in certain situations, it takes more than a typical industrial robot to safely complete the task at hand. Such is the case with robotic painting, coating and chemical applications.

These tasks, which are often performed in confined spaces with poor air circulation, pose the potential for flammable situations. As a result, painting robots – like the MPX-series – that are Factory Mutual (FM) approved for use in Class I, Div. 1 hazardous environments must be used as determined by the National Electric Code (NEC).

Material Handling Robots in Hazardous Environments

Painting and coating robots that meet industry standards are not the only robots to consider where hazardous environments are concerned. Often overlooked in these dangerous environments is the use of a material handling robot, like the MHP45L, which can eliminate the need for dedicated part transfer and is ideal for streamlining automated paint line layouts. Popular applications for material handling in a flammable environment include:
  • Pretreatment for painting process – i.e., dust removal

  • Transfer in solvent storage – i.e, moving a paint tank

  • Dipping – i.e., coating large parts

  • Part transfer – can include any workpiece in a hazardous environment

FM-Approved Application Enhancements

To facilitate a more productive workspace in hazardous environments, consider several other options:

  • SCARA-style openers  – widely used in the automotive industry, hood and deckLID openers, like the MPO10 and MPO40, provide flexible options for range of motion and other system requirements.

  • Multi-functional rotary feeders – a compact multi-functional rotary feeder, like the MotoFeeder II positioner, facilitates quick and easy setup of painting systems and enables multiple paint patterns for nearly every component.

  • Pressurized Motor Unit (PMU) – an explosion-proof servo motor for use with peripheral equipment such as tracks,  turntables and shuttle feeders is often advantageous in these environments.

Talk to Our Paint Team

If you're looking to operate a robot in a hazardous environment, book a consultation with the Yaskawa Motoman paint team to advise you on:

  • Tips for creating better use of floorspace

  • Options for paint performance testing

  • Advice on spray gun control panels

  • Protocols for using controller paint functions

  • Benefits of using a Functional Safety Unit (FSU)

  • And more!



Peter Goike is a Associate Chief Application Specialist



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