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Robotic Assembly

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Precision and Speed

Yaskawa Motoman offers manufacturers a wide range of robotic solutions for high-speed precision assembly automation. When using flexible robotics with 2D and 3D vision systems and various parts feeding methods, manufacturers can be confident in their capabilities to produce today’s product, with flexibility to change and expand in the future.

 

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Automated Assembly Operations

Assembly applications typically consist of multiple operations. While the operations vary with the application, we’ve listed several of the most common operations below.

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Traceability and genealogy of parts is crucial to many manufacturing or production processes. Other processes simply require parts to be identified for a specific operation such as assembly or kitting. Our MotoSight products can help identify and validate parts based on part geometry (shape and size), color, barcode, markings and other features.

Part Sortation

Many manufacturing and production processes require parts to be sorted. Our MotoSight vision products can help select and sort parts based on part geometry (shape and size), color, barcode, markings and other features.

Flexible Feeding

Flexible feeding is an innovative way to present parts to a robot. Parts are fed out of a bulk hopper and onto a feed surface. A feed surface may be a solid indexing or vibratory surface of a conveyor belt. A camera mounted above the feed surface locates the part and determines its orientation. The robot then picks the parts and performs the necessary operation. If the part size or type changes, you need only make minor changes to the vision locator tool and perhaps the gripper fingers. Flexible feeding is ideal for production processes requiring multiple part types or a family of parts. Our MotoSight products are ideal for flexible parts feeding.

Bowl Feeding

Typically uses a vibratory motion to advance parts from a bulk hopper. Parts are advanced from the hopper onto a rail (or into a groove) that orients the part and presents it to the robot. Bowl feeders are typically designed and built based on the part geometry and mass. Bowl feeders are well suited for applications where the part shape or size does not change. Bowl feeders are not recommended for applications where the part is expected to change.

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Bin Picking

Automating the distribution of a broad and varied mix of parts or SKUs is no longer a challenge. Advances in 3D vision robotics are improving both speed and accuracy in identifying and sorting nearly any mix of parts presented in bins, totes, cases or cartons. MotoSight 3D BinPick is an ideal solution for manfuacturing facilities that must process parts presented from bins.

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End-effectors (or end-of-arm-tooling) are how the robot grips the parts. Complex and advanced assembly operations require the robot to accurately and precisely locate and grip the parts. Often a base actuator (often pneumatic and sometimes electric) is used to perform the open and close motion. Custom gripper fingers are attached to the actuator to ensure proper gripping of the parts. When a variety of part types and sizes are used, end-effectors can become complex.

Some operations necessitate compliance built into the end-effector. This can be done at the gripper fingers or where the end-effector attaches to the robot.

Tool Changing

Tool changing is often required for automated assembly operations. As different part types and sizes are needed, multiple gripper configurations might be required. Tool changers provide the flexibility to automatically change end-effectors or other peripheral tooling.

Adaptive grippers are capable of grasping multiple part types and sizes and can be used in some robotic assembly applications.

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Force sensing is often needed for insertion or tightening operations. A force sensor provides feedback to the robot control system and can measure forces and torques being applied at the end-effector. MotoFit force control assembly tool alters the robot’s position based on the force encountered to align or assemble parts. (During normal robot operation, robot is setup for positional control; the robot moves to or retains position even when external forces are applied, provided that forces do not exceed limits that would cause an error.)

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Part Fastening or Joining

Part fastening/joining is a critical part of many assembly operations. After all, the nature of assembly is bringing multiple parts together. The fastening and joining methods can vary greatly and depend upon the part types being assembled. Typical fastening methods include screwdriving, dispensing glues and adhesives, ultrasonic welding and inserting clips.

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Shipping faulty or defective products can be devastating to a business. Machine vision has a long history in part inspection, ensuring consistent and predictable quality. Whether it’s gauging a part, detecting presence of a feature or error proofing, our MotoSight products have all the necessary inspection and data analysis tools for part inspection.

Results

Using robotics for assembly automation results in:

  • more manufacturing flexibility to produce a wider range products with faster time-to-market
  • faster changeover times, increased system uptime and asset utilization
  • increased product quality with predictable results with error checking and in-line testing
  • increased productivity with shorter payback
  • optimized workflow designed around your value-added processes, not your fixed automation
  • elimination of expensive and dedicated hard automation

Yaskawa Motoman has proven robots, applications expertise, solution partners and a global support network that can put it all together for you. Contact a Sales Representative to discover the best options for your assembly process.

Motoman Assembly Robots

GP series high-speed industrial robotsYaskawa Motoman offers a wide range of industrial robot models for high-speed precision assembly and small part handling including high-performance six-axis robots; flexible seven-axis manipulators; dual-arm robots with 15 axes and amazing human-like motion; and a family of four-axis SCARA robots. The SDA (15 axes) and SIA (7-axis), as well as the newest GP-series robots, offer cell space optimization, dexterity with outstanding range of motion and tooling simplification.

Robots, Software and Peripherals for Industrial Assembly

Our complete line of assembly line robots is below. Click the robot profile for more information.


GP25

Achieve high transfer capability with highest payload, speed and wrist allowable moment in its...

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GP12

Achieve high transfer capability with number-one payload, speed and wrist allowable moment in...

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GP7

Ideal for high-speed assembly and handling applications, the new GP7 robot is fast, compact...

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GP8

Ideal for high-speed assembly and handling applications, the new GP8 robot is fast, compact...

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MH24-10

Slim, extended reach MH24-10 robot increases productivity and achieves high...

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MH24

Powerful high-speed 6-axis robot is ideal for many applications and processes. Increased 24...

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MH12

Powerful high-speed six axis robot is ideal for multitude of applications. 12 kg wrist...

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MYS850L

4-axis SCARA robot ideal for high-speed handling and assembly systems. Offers superior...

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MYS650LF

4-axis SCARA robot ideal for high-speed handling and assembly systems. Offers superior...

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MYS450F

4-axis SCARA robot ideal for high-speed handling and assembly systems. Offers superior...

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MH6F-10

The high-speed, six-axis MH6F-series robots are designed for assembly, dispensing, machine...

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MH5LS II

Compact, six-axis robots with 5 kg payload capacity and high axial speeds, the MH5LS II...

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MH5S II

Compact, six-axis robots with 5 kg payload capacity and high axial speeds,the MH5S II...

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SIA5F

 Agile, versatile robot opens up a wide range of industrial applications to robots; ideal for...

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MH6F

The MH6F is a high-speed six-axis robot designed for assembly, dispensing, machine tending,...

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SDA5F

The SDA5F is a dual-arm, 15-axis robot designed for complex assembly and small part material...

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SDA10F

The SDA10F is a dual-arm, 15-axis robot with incredible dexterity, freedom of movement in a...

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SDA20F

Powerful actuator-based design provides “human-like” flexibility and fast...

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SIA10F

With a 10kg payload, this agile robot opens up a wide range of industrial applications; ideal...

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SIA20F

Agile, versatile 20kg-capacity opens up a wide range of industrial applications to robots;...

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SIA20D

The 7-axis actuator-based design and best-in-class wrist performance characteristics for the...

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SIA10D

Slim, 7-axis design optimizes space; provides “human-like” flexibility and range of motion,...

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SIA5D

The SIA Series best-in-class wrist performance characteristics provides amazing freedom of...

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SDA20D

The SDA20D is a dual-arm, 15-axis robot designed for complex assembly and material handling...

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SDA10D

The SDA5D is a dual-arm, 15-axis robot designed for complex assembly and small part material...

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SDA5D

The SDA5D is a dual-arm, 15-axis robot designed for complex assembly and small part material...

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HP20F

Versatile robot with 20 kg payload capacity is ideal for many applications, such as picking,...

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MPP3S

The ideal delta robot for high-speed picking operation - speeds up to 150 cycles per minute...

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MH3BM

The MH3BM is a robot designed for compact, lighter payload applications such as clean room...

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MPP3H

Ideal for primary packaging with performance optimized for payload.

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MH3F

The MH3F is a powerful robot designed for more compact, lighter payload applications such as...

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MHJF

The MHJF is a compact robot designed for lighter payload applications such as small parts...

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