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Yaskawa released its MotoPick 4 software system that adds no-code capabilities for high-speed pick and place. The company is also expanding its Smart Pendant’s capability with its new Pallet Builder extension.
With the building blocks to create systems for up to 16 robots and up to 6 conveyors or 16 tables per robot, the Yaskawa MotoPick 4 software can synchronize multiple robots equipped with vision to pick fast-moving products off a conveyor and place them on an outfeed device, tray or box in an organized arrangement.
MotoPick 4 provides precise control and coordination for conveyor speed, accommodating tracking speeds up to 1 M/sec. If the advancement of either the infeed or outfeed conveyor falls behind, the software can be configured with an area that slows or stops conveyors until the operation is equalized. Additionally, the software features a pause function that allows for the system to be paused and later resumed without losing track of item positions.
Dynamic load balancing for single or multiple robot systems is accommodated. The ability to asynchronously pick up to four parts with multiple placements per cycle is also offered, with up to 32 different product types to be easily picked and sorted. The gripper is allowed up to eight zones.
Supporting multiple encoders and cameras, a robot interface board reduces the integration wiring and panel real estate required for multiple robot cells. Cameras are supported based on conveyor width, workpiece size, target accuracy, production volume and conveyor speed, and they do not need to be aligned in a pre-defined way.
Multi-layer tray support allows multiple-layer pattern picking or placing with trays. MotoPick 4 is compatible with the FS100 and YRC1000micro controllers, as well as the MLX300 controller software solution.
Expanding the Smart Pendant capability, Pallet Builder enables the development and deployment of palletizing cells. Designed for single pick-and-place tasks, this user interface uses a robust database and guided prompts to facilitate no-code programming for work cell configuration and pallet pattern setup.
Designed for small- to medium-sized enterprises with high-mix, low-to-medium-volume production that may have insufficient access to experienced robot programmers, Pallet Builder provides general functions for cell definition, gripper definition, and single pick and place jobs. Multiple infeeds, build stations and dispenser stations (for slip sheet separators) support up to eight combined stations.
Job editing is available for specific system requirements. Pallet Builder can accommodate a variety of grippers and end-of-arm tooling and adjusts for product variation. Capable software includes multiple automatic pattern styles as well as full custom pattern support. Single drop positions with selectable label orientation are also available.
Compatible with the YRC1000 and YRC1000 micro controllers, Pattern Builder is available as a complimentary download for use with GP-series and HC-series robots. Smart Pendant V3.0 or newer is required.
Yaskawa Motoman launched its newest robot in the PL-series line, the PL800, in October 2022. This industrial robot features an 800 kg (2,140 lb) payload capacity and is designed for a variety of palletizing applications, layer picking, and other logistical tasks for end-of-line or distribution automation.