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June 10, 2019, 02:03:47 PM
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I am plc systems integrator and we have integrated robots into cells to work with other hardware. A customer of ours is a machine builder has asked us to copy a simple glueing application currently using a cartesian 3 servo axis. If we price this then we know if we went servos it would be more expensive than a robot, due to the number of different variants and our engineering time.

So my question is if you had a free choice which robot manufacturer would you suggest to use and why?

I have worked with Staubli using their robot programmer and latest project was Fanuc using the customers engineer using the pendant. The programming was done by others and I would do touch-ups and set up the IO.

This would be a step for their customer as they wish to head down this route.

Cheers :beerchug:
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June 10, 2019, 08:36:12 PM
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You don't mention the size needed.
For "simple gluing application" that replaces a "3 axis cartesian servo" system:

My first investigation would be Yamaha.
  • modular system design to easily configure a 3-axis system of many sizes
  • very powerful controller that uses an easily understood structured programming language
  • at one time they pushed integration with Allen-Bradley (& others?) PLCs to make RLL-driven motion commands
  • having a "robot system" (compared with custom developed servo systems) allows one to deploy faster, standardize, and improves supportability in production IMHO
  • In a previous investigation, I found that the Yamaha language can be adapted to import path point data from offline programming software or perhaps CAD software
  • If the application size is suitable, you may be able to use one of Yamaha's large SCARA arms instead of building a 3-axis unit (space and deployment-time savings)

Epson may be alternative choice for similar reasons.
Blue Technik
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June 12, 2019, 08:41:37 AM
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Hi TygerDawg

Thanks for the reply. The reach will be around 1700 to the furthest point with a speed of around 50-70 mm/s. The customer would eventually like to use more robots onsite, would Yamaha still be your choice or should I be looking at one of the more popular makes?


June 12, 2019, 06:35:53 PM
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With as little as I know about your application, my answer is "yup."

Go to the Yamaha website and see what they can configure to meet the size needed.
Traverse speed would not be a problem.

I think the IAI brand may also offer something similar to Yamaha & Epson if I'm not mistaken.

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