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New 6-Axis Collaborative Robot Works Safely Next to Humans; Now Available to Order

Featuring power and force limiting technology, Yaskawa Motoman's new six-axis HC10 collaborative robot works safely with, or in close proximity to humans by stopping the robot in the event of contact with an operator. Dual torque sensors in all joints constantly monitor force to quickly react to contact; something typically only found in more expensive systems. It is designed to eliminate operator pinch points while through-arm utilities hide cabling and increase safety by reducing the risks of snagging or interference with other equipment.

The HC10 was previewed at the Automate show (April 2017, Chicago, IL), and is now available to order.

In addition to traditional robot programming through the teach pendant, the user can hand-guide the HC10 robot when teaching new program paths. This innovative feature allows the HC10 to be quickly deployed or redeployed on demand, decreasing system downtime and increasing ROI. Whether operating at full speed or collaborative speed, cycle times are optimized based upon risk assessments and process requirements.

The highly configurable HC10 offers a 10-kg payload and 1,200 mm reach and can perform a broad range of material handling, machine tending, packaging or light assembly tasks. Function-specific tooling and accessories are available from various Yaskawa partners.

The HC10 robot is controlled by Yaskawa's new high-performance YRC1000 controller that is built to a global standard and does not require a transformer for input voltages ranging from 380VAC to 480VAC. The YRC1000 is highly compact (598 W x 490 H x 427 D mm), resulting in reduced space requirements. Its I/O communication speed is improved by as much as 50 percent for improved work efficiency and a single controller-to-robot cable improves cable reliability. The improved programming pendant design features enhanced ergonomics and lighter weight.

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