Yamaha demonstrates robotic innovations driving productivity at Motek 2019

Unique LCM100 flexible, scalable conveyor module and innovative robot and machine-vision features simplify integration, maximise performance and efficiency

Yamaha Motor Europe Factory Automation Division has showed how the latest robotic systems enable businesses to raise productivity, throughput and quality in key manufacturing processes, in demonstrations presented at Motek 2019 in Stuttgart, October 7-10.

Mr. Ryosuke Nakamura, Branch Manager Yamaha Motor Europe IM Business, commented, “We were privileged to entertain influential visitors from across Europe’s manufacturing communities and to demonstrate Yamaha’s innovative and compelling solutions to maximise the advantages of robotic process automation.”

Visitors to the booth saw for themselves how the Yamaha range contains cartesian, SCARA, single-axis, and multi-axis robots in a variety of sizes to bring robot efficiencies to important industrial processes. Five demonstrations showcased special design features that increase speed, simplify setup, and maximise productivity:

  • Yamaha’s unique LCM100 linear conveyor module is a scalable solution to workpiece transportation. Programmable speed, stop positions, and direction ensure smooth, high-speed motion without needing external sensors or mechanical stops. The flexibility of bidirectional movement enables efficient workflows free from duplicated processes. The LCM100’s rigid guides allow working directly on the module without unloading the workpiece, further reducing tact time.
  • Also on the booth, Yamaha’s YK400XE SCARA robot draws on Yamaha’s 35 years’ experience with SCARA robots, the YK400XE features many state-of-the-art technologies that maximise reliability, minimise downtime, and ensure high capabilities and accuracy with maximum payload of 4kg and maximum standard cycle time of 0.41 seconds.
  • A conveyor-tracking demonstration using a SCARA robot showed how unique features of Yamaha’s iVY2 camera and RCX340 controller simplify setting up and programming of machine vision, to save time and reduce reliance on specialist skills. Dedicated vision instructions consolidate signal processing on the RCX340, lowering hardware costs and significantly increasing system performance.
  • SCARA and cartesian robots, both made by Yamaha, demonstrated applying sealants to automotive parts, working together to maximise utilisation of the sealant dispenser resulting in faster cycle time and increased productivity.
  • The fifth demonstration showed how the RCX340 multi-axis controller maximises high-volume pick-and-place efficiency. Leveraging Yamaha’s on-the-fly vision knowhow, proven in high-speed electronic surface-mount assembly, the RCX340 can perform recognition, position correction, and parts loading continuously without stopping the robot motion.

For more information please visit Yamaha’s website at https://www.yamaha-motor-im.de/en/fa/.

Yamaha introduced the latest advances in automation to technical experts and decision makers from across Europe at Motek 2019.

The Yamaha LCM100 delivers smooth and flexible transport, and allows proesses to be performed directly on the module without unloading

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.

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