Flexible LCM100 linear conveyor module boosts efficiency over conventional belt-and-roller transfer
The LCM100 linear conveyor module, a unique solution for robotic assembly by Yamaha Factory Automation Section, enables cleaner, quieter, and more flexible workpiece transport. By simplifying production startup, reducing cycle times, and increasing accuracy, the modules boost productivity and yield, while also cutting noise, increasing reliability, and reducing the size of robot assembly cells.
Unlike conventional belt-and roller conveyors, each LCM100 module contains an independently controlled high-speed linear motor that enables bidirectional movement and programmable speed up to 3000mm/second. Production lines can be configured optimally, not dependent on the longest process cycle time, and utilize inline equipment more efficiently to save space and capital expenditure. Further benefits of the linear drives include low friction and lag-free acceleration and deceleration.
The robust and stable sliders, combined with positioning accuracy better than ± 0.015mm, allow assembly tasks to be performed directly on the module. With no need to de-palletise and move workpieces from a conventional conveyor to a work-table, tact time can be faster and assembly cells smaller and more cost-effective. Without physical microswitches or end stops, slider stop positions can be quickly and easily reprogrammed in software.
In addition, LCM100 modules are featured for easy interchangeability and reconfiguration, enabling assembly cells to be setup quickly and cost-effectively, especially for short production runs. Modules can also be removed or replaced easily to minimise downtime, and reused in other assembly cells to maximise utilisation.
The modules are available in standard 480mm and 640mm lengths and carry 15kg maximum payload. A 400mm circulation module is also available.
ABOUT YAMAHA FA Section
Yamaha Factory Automation Section (FA Section), a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation, is focused on delivering flexible, high-accuracy industrial robots for precision automation challenges.
With its roots in the introduction of robot technology to Yamaha motorcycle assembly activities, the division has over 40 years’ experience solving automation challenges from factory-scale to micron-level. Yamaha’s industrial robots are now trusted by leading corporations worldwide, in activities as diverse as semiconductor fabrication and assembling electronic products, domestic appliances, automotive components, and large liquid-crystal panels.
Yamaha FA Section offers a unified range of solutions for robotic assembly, including single-axis robots, SCARA, cartesian, and articulated robots. Innovations such as the LCM100 linear conveyor module; a smoother, space-saving and more versatile successor to conventional belt and roller conveyors continue to set the pace in factory automation. Core robotic technologies as well as key components and complete robot systems are all produced in-house, ensuring consistent quality and control over lead-times.
Headquartered in Hamamatsu, Yamaha FA Section serves customers globally through its worldwide sales network spanning China, Taiwan, Korea, south Asia, north America, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe.