Yushin America Inc. is giving its RA servo robots a true personal-computer-based controller.
The touch-screen controllers link to the Internet, thanks to an open-architecture design and software such as Windows XP and Microsoft.Net, which allows the robot to manage a manufacturing cell.
There are two levels of operator interfaces. The simplest one shows only push buttons and prompts users to activate them only in the proper order to stop and restart the robot.
A guided set-up sequence for each mold ensures that operators set up the new mold efficiently, and minimizes training.
Sequence notes created by the programmer can be seen by the set-up person, so he or she can understand the operation of the cell.
Technicians are guided through a set of instructions to create a new setup, preventing errors.
Yushin of Cranston, R.I., is ushering in an age of Web-based communication, right from the plant floor.
At the control screen, the operator can access e-mail, read memos, or - by adding a camera and microphone - participate in Web-based meetings.
In other news, Yushin has introduced:
* Model NCR-150, a takeout robot with very high speed, thanks to linear motors. Other benefits include clean and quiet operation, excellent repeatability and no need for lubrication, Yushin said.
* VSXII-250D is a low-cost, servo-driven robot for small- and midsize injection presses. The robot uses Yushin's small E-Touch controller with a 61/2-inch color touch screen and function buttons.
* VNR low-profile traversing robot for larger machines with 800-2,000 tons of clamping force. The lowered arm allows the wrist, where the tooling is mounted, to be close to the top of the press. The robot requires only 69 inches of overhead clearance.
* VNXII-1300S-1.51-HS digital servo-motor robot, also for presses from 800-2,000 tons, features a high-speed kick and main arm motions.
* The N-Hop, a kick-axis sprue picker, and a high-speed sprue picker called Hopiv.
Yushin America also announced a new company, FlexSource Capital LLC, to handle equipment financing.
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