Robots & Automation
Easy-to-use robot controller
September 1, 2009 by Canadian Plastics
The latest robot controller from Sepro America, the Visual 2, brings together several digital technologies to create a powerful, yet easy-to-use interface to Sepro Generation IV robots.
The Visual 2 controller offers users several different options for setting up a robot program. The pick and place module allows users to create a robot program just by answering a few basic questions posed by the system. The results are presented immediately in three-dimensional video. EPS (Embedded Program Source) programming uses freely programmable templates and on-screen prompts that lead the operator through the process of ‘teaching’ all relevant robot positions. Direct programming of even the most complex routines can be completed on the Visual 2 pendant or off-line. Programming can be uploaded to the control via Ethernet, Wi-Fi or USB connection.
Sepro America LLC (Pittsburgh, Pa.); www.seproamerica.com; 1-877-737-7610
Shadow Automation Inc. (Uxbridge, Ont.); 905-649-2652
The newest line of full-servo take-out robots from Yushin, the RC Series delivers up to 13 per cent shorter take-out times and ensures increased productivity for its owners.
The unit comes with the new E-touch II controller, with audible help guidance, animated icon-based charts, and more. Newly programmed motions may be simulated and checked on a 3D screen on the controller or another PC. This valuable function streamlines operation time, improves safety, and shortens setup time. Edge protectors on both sides of the controller cushion the controller case if dropped. Housing has IP44 rating for protection from particulates and moisture.
The RC units are also equipped with vertical axis and kick axis servo motors a full size larger than the previous robot line.
The standard-equipped “ECO Vacuum” feature reduces the amount of compressed air needed for product suction during take-out, providing energy-savings and lower running costs.
Yushin Precision Equipment Co. Ltd./En-Plas Inc. (Toronto); www.en-plasinc.com; 416-286-3030