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  • 19. October 2020
    Automotive Leader Finds a Faster Solution to High-Performance Robot Vision
    A leading producer of automotive components quickly overcame its automation challenges by leveraging the speed and simplicity of Yamaha’s RCXiVY2+ dedicated robot vision system The automotive industry is a leading adopter of robot technology and continues to automate more and more processes. As OEMs and their suppliers strive for greater productivity and quality, introducing vision capability is a common requirement to enhance picking and precision placement or assembly of components. By increasing accuracy, vision can accelerate tact time, increase quality, and raise end of line yield. On the other hand, integrating a vision system is known to be time consuming and complex. Specialist technical skills are usually needed to handle tasks such as establishing communications between the various subsystems, calibrating the vision system, and registering workpiece data accurately. Engineering challenges like these can sometimes hold back the project and ultimately delay the start of production. Manufacturing the latest automotive components depends on effective robotic automation Need for Speed A manufacturer can lose ground to competitors if a business opportunity arises suddenly, and the necessary skills are not available to implement a suitable process. This was the prospect facing a leading automotive parts maker based in Japan, as the company sought to introduce new robotic automation with state-of-the-art vision to produce its latest products quickly and cost-effectively. A fast solution was needed, to stay ahead in the marketplace. However, the company’s most experienced in-house engineer with robot-vision knowhow was occupied elsewhere by another project. From previous experience, the production team knew that the system integration could take a lot longer than expected and could demand significant engineering resources. They also knew that getting support in the longer term could be a concern; determining whether the vision system or the robot is the cause of any problems, to be able to direct their service calls to the appropriate supplier, can be challenging. The team had to find a way to move quickly, to be able to introduce the vision system ready to start commercial production as soon as possible. It was at this time that the project’s leader learned of a solution offered by Yamaha Robotics’ Factory Automation Section. It showed features that make the Yamaha RCXiVY2+ robot vision system easy to integrate and setup as well as being fast and accurate. He quickly saw the system’s potential to help overcome the challenges in the factory. Robot Vision Made Simple RCXiVY2+ simplifies tasks that are notoriously complicated and time-consuming when integrating conventional machine vision as part of a robot system. These include robot control, image processing, lighting control, and processing of the conveyor-tracking data, which are all handled within the robot program and by incorporating a vision board, lighting board, and tracking board in the RCX3 series multi-axis robot controller. Interoperability with lighting and other peripherals such as grippers is assured. Because the vision is managed from the robot program, there is no need to create a coordinate-conversion routine. In addition, there is an intuitive wizard for calibrating the camera, and a graphical tool that reduces workpiece registration to three easy steps comprising image capture, contour setting, and registration of the detection position. Typical conventional vision systems are complex to setup and require several additional cables that take up space. A different GUI is often also used, to interact with the vision software. Yamaha’s RCXiVY2+ can integrate directly into the Yamaha Robot controller without any addiotinal cables and minimum space. With the vision programming commands also completely integrated, RCXiVY2+ enables a simple and compact but intelligent robot solution. The vision system is directly integrated into Yamaha’s robot controller RCXiVY2+ cameras can be mounted on the robot or in fixed positions Flexibility is provided to mount cameras in fixed positions above and/or below the workpiece, or on the robot itself. If mounted on the robot, the system automatically adjusts coordinates to correct for the effects of camera motion. Finally, a single cable provides power and data connections to the camera and a standard DVI-I output makes light work of connecting a monitor. Thanks to these features, users no longer need extensive training and experience to build an accurate, fully functioning robot-vision system. After everything is connected and powered-on for the first time, setting up can be completed in under 10 minutes. That’s about 80 percent faster than a conventional system. Furthermore, this plug-and-play simplicity comes without compromising performance: the latest-generation image-processing chip powering RCXiVY2 ensures up to 45% faster detection time than Yamaha’s preceding model. The RCXiVY2 system also features an innovative way of recognizing objects that is up to 10 times faster than the edge-detection approach traditionally employed in automated vision systems. This “blob-detection” technique applies threshold criteria to the camera’s greyscale images, taking into account variations in light and shade, and applies binary coded processing to convert to black and white gradations. This enhances picking, presence recognition, and high-speed counting of multiple workpieces. Blob detection is especially effective when the objects are irregular shapes such as foodstuffs and clothing, and hence expands the possible range of applications for robot vision. Blob detection with RCXiVY2+ enhances handling of irregular shaped items One-Stop Support While RCXiVY2+ is designed to be easy to setup, helping users implement high-performing robot vision extremely quickly, Yamaha also provides support including individual project advice as well as training for users new to the equipment. Moreover, customers get peace of mind knowing they only have one call to make if extra help is needed. Back on the factory floor in Japan, having quickly setup the RCXiVY2+ system, and leveraging the confidence that comes with knowing how to deal with any problems, Yamaha’s new customer looked forward to achieving its ambitious goals for business growth. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 21. September 2020
    Routes into Robotic Process Automation: Start Small, Scale Big
    Introducing robotic automation to an established workflow can appear complicated and expensive. With the latest modular technology and intuitive setup tools, companies can quickly and easily begin capturing the benefits, and scale and upgrade their systems as confidence grows Industrial processes are becoming increasingly reliant on automation to meet productivity targets, by ensuring consistent product quality and high throughput. A process can be fully automated, free of human intervention from end to end, or partially automated combining the strengths of human workers and machines. Imagine humans and machines cooperating in the same space, and many today will probably picture an array of multi-articulated collaborative robots (“cobots”) programmed to handle the repetitive or physically demanding tasks while their human co-workers provide the manual dexterity or creative inputs needed to complete the process. However, introducing cobots to a factory demands significant process re-optimisation and physical reorganisation of the workspace. Entry-Level Robotic Process Automation On the other hand, manufacturing businesses can begin to capture the benefits of robotic process automation in a simpler and less invasive way. Many production lines are staffed by human workers, performing processes on workpieces supplied by a conveyor belt (figure 1). Increasing the conveyor speed should feed the workpieces more quickly and enable increased productivity, but often this is not the case. Although the workers are physically able to keep pace with the faster transport, problems can occur as workpieces reach end-stops at higher speeds and can become displaced or even fall onto the floor. Productivity can be reduced as the result of increasing the conveyor speed. Robot technology can help overcome this problem. Linear robots can replace conventional conveyors and are easier to program, with digitally-defined start and stop locations with no need for mechanical end stops. Acceleration and deceleration happen smoothly within pre-defined distances, allowing fast transit speeds. Several of these modules can operate independently on the same production line to replace a single, unvarying, fixed-speed conveyor. This gives the flexibility to optimise transport speed in multiple zones along the line to suit the requirements of each process and balance the workflow. Figure 1. Linear robots can be introduced non-disruptively into established workflows. Moreover, the flexibility to move in forward and reverse directions opens new opportunities to achieve even greater efficiency. Yamaha has enabled several customers to take advantage of such benefits by integrating its LCMR200 robotic linear conveyor module (figure 2) into production lines. This model is fast, efficient and also less demanding of workflow reorganization than arranging multi-axis articulated cobots. Figure 2. This linear module replaces conventional conveyors, bringing robot speed and smoothness. This modular, linear robot can provide a convenient introduction to the potential for robot process automation, which can extend from simple replacement of a conveyor or indexing table to full end-to-end process automation in a guarded robot-assembly cell. When required to create a complete robotic automated process flow for building small products such as loudspeakers or automotive modules containing several constituent parts, solution integrators often need to combine robots of various types to perform all the individual assembly actions cost-effectively and in a space-efficient footprint. To assist, Yamaha has a uniquely comprehensive selection of industrial robots in all commonly used types from the modular LCMR200 and other single-axis robots to cartesian and SCARA robots. These give solution integrators all the options they need to create an efficient workflow even when factory floor-space is tight, while also taking into account important considerations such as maintainability, programmability, and ease of use. Scaling Up, Saving Space There are many space-saving aspects of Yamaha’s robot lineup, such as the ceiling-mounted orbit-type YK-TW series of SCARA robots that permit underpass motion allowing the tip to pass beneath the main unit (figure 3). Achieving a compact process footprint can be extremely important, for example to OEMs looking to “re-shore” or bring formerly outsourced processes back under in-house control. Although global economic changes can mean re-shoring makes financial sense, often the local factory has very little real-estate available to host the returning processes. Where every square centimetre is valuable, orbit-type SCARA robots have shown they can operate within incredibly tight spaces. With 350mm arm length and 5kg payload capacity, installation width of just 492mm can be achieved. The main strengths of SCARA robots lie in quickly retrieving and moving workpieces, and in performing assembly processes such as driving screws and accurately dispensing adhesives, sealants, or thermal-interface materials. Typical sizes of SCARA robots range from arm length of about 120mm with payload capacity of about 1kg, to 1200mm models capable of handling as much as 50kg. Yamaha’s YK-XG family introduces maintenance-free beltless drives that enable high-speed, high-precision movement in four axes. In addition, the moment of inertia is optimised to allow fast rotation of heavy objects, where conventional machines must reduce their speed resulting in longer tact times. Benefiting from long experience, rooted in early industrial robots created to automate high-volume assembly of motorcycle parts in the 1970s, Yamaha has been able to develop its robots to a high level of sophistication with innovative features such as the TRANSERVO that enables stepper motors to deliver both high speed and high torque. Other features that integrators value to help simplify solution-design challenges include low-maintenance lubrication and effective contaminant barriers, innovative high-rigidity mechanical parts that ensure superior accuracy even under high pressing forces, and widespread use of position resolvers which are more robust and reliable than traditional optical position detectors. With a variety of control systems to choose from, integrators can configure an affordable solution to satisfy the major automation challenge while also leaving the pathway clear for future adaptability and scaling. Simple control units for basic positioning and driving allow single-axis robots to be easily controlled with coordinate pointing or pulse-train input, to minimise programming. On the other hand, multi-axis controllers can be used to handle one or more single- or twin-access robots simultaneously. Up to four 4-axis controllers can be linked in master-slave configuration to manage as many as 16 axes and consolidate control in one program written in Yamaha’s robot language, which is an extended version of BASIC. Figure 3. Ceiling-mounted “underpass” robots utilise factory-floorspace efficiently. Upgrade with Confidence Success in a first automation project often encourages operators to scale or augment their systems for greater productivity or end-of-line quality. Introducing machine vision is a popular upgrade, although the technology typically demands specialised knowledge and traditional setup processes that can be complicated and time-consuming. Challenges commonly encountered include establishing communications between the vision system, the robot, and other subsystems such as tracking. Additional obstacles include calibrating the vision system and ensuring accurate registration of workpiece data. Yamaha set out to make robot vision easier when creating its RCXiVY2+ system. In a typical robot-vision system, the cameras are connected to a dedicated vision processor, which then communicates with the main system controller via a serial data link. In RCXiVY2+, the image processing, lighting control, and processing of the conveyor-tracking data are all handled within the robot program, using dedicated vision instructions created by Yamaha and added to the extended BASIC instruction set. The vision instruction set simplifies component search and tracking, and reduces search times by up to 50%. Faster search enhances part detection at high conveyor speeds, enabling improved pickup and lower tact times. With hardware including a vision board featuring a GigE camera interface, a lighting-control board, and tracking board all easily installed directly in the RCX3 series multi-axis robot controller, many integration issues are bypassed and compatibility with peripherals is assured. Also, because the vision is managed from the robot program, there is no need to create a coordinate-conversion routine. In addition, Yamaha’s integrated system boosts performance by eliminating the delays experienced with conventional vision as the camera data passes through a separate vision processor and then to the robot controller. To accelerate setting up the system, a simple calibration process aided by a wizard helps quickly align the camera coordinates, and a graphical tool reduces workpiece registration to three easy steps by assisting with image capture, contour setting, and registration of the detection position. Overall, the setup time is about 80 percent faster than with a conventional machine-vision system (figure 4). Figure 4. RCXiVY2+ helps users become productive more quickly When in action, a powerful image-edge search engine enhances part detection. The system can detect screws and washers that are securing parts, detect items in a package or on a printed-circuit board, check drilled holes, and count objets such as bottles in a pallet or electronic components. The camera’s DVI-I output lets users analyse the search status at any time and users can register up to 254 additional custom parts for automatic detection. RCXiVY2+ cameras can be mounted in fixed locations above and/or below the workpiece, or on the robot. When mounted on the robot, camera coordinates are automatically adjusted to correct for movement. The RCXiVY2+ system also introduces a new approach to image processing known as “blob detection”, which can recognize objects that are irregular shapes up to 10 times faster than traditional edge-detection methods. This enhances picking, presence recognition, and high-speed counting of multiple workpieces and is particularly effective with items such as foodstuffs and clothing, thereby expanding the possible range of applications for robot vision. The system can also recognize overlapped pieces and exclude these from the search target. Conclusion Conventional manual assembly processes, even when assisted by basic automation such as motorised conveyors, offers limited scope to increase throughput and productivity. Typical approaches to improving tact time can often have the opposite effect on productivity, while adding more workers and extra production lines adds to operating costs and demands more factory-floorspace. Beginning the journey into robotic process automation can be easy and non-disruptive if tackled in the right way, such as by replacing inflexible conveyors or space-hungry indexing tables with programmable linear robots. As confidence rows, automation can be extended to other processes and production lines, and upgrades such as machine vision can be added, delivering an ever-increasing return on investment. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 14. September 2020
    Yamaha appoints Etama to distribute industrial robotics portfolio in Baltic region
    Etama brings synergistic product portfolio and strong presence in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia to grow business for advanced automation Yamaha Motor Europe Factory Automation section, continuing to extend its European sales and support network, has confirmed that Etama is to distribute Yamaha industrial robots in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The agreement covers the full Yamaha range, which includes robots and programmable transport modules to automate diverse industrial processes including handling, packaging and light mechanical assembly. Advanced controllers, dedicated vision systems, graphical programming applications, and accessories such as grippers complete the lineup, which delivers flexibility and ease of use. “Etama brings a synergistic product portfolio and is trusted by high-tech enterprises throughout the Baltic region,” said Ryosuke Nakamura, Branch Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe IM business. “Our collaboration creates a strong platform for us to continue building our presence here.” “This is an exciting opportunity for us to solve new business challenges leveraging advanced and flexible automation,” said Mindaugas Palisaitis, Director of Etama. “The Yamaha robot portfolio offers excellent value for enterprises in numerous manufacturing and logistics activities, and we look forward to growing the range and diversity of our customer base.” Yamaha has a comprehensive range of SCARA, cartesian, multi-axis and single-axis robots, as well as unique programmable modular linear conveyors that deliver easy configuration and bidirectional flexibility. The robots cover a wide range of sizes, including the YK-X SCARA series with maximum payload from 1kg to 50kg, and incorporate innovative features that enhance reliability and tact time. Convenient flexibility, including easily integrated robot vision with Yamaha’s RCXiVY2+ system, lets users quickly adapt and scale their automation to address evolving challenges. Find out more with the current #DiscoverYamahaRobotics campaign, including technical information and special promotional offers on robots and software. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu #DiscoverYamahaRobotics Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 7. September 2020
    Yamaha reveals robot flexibility boost with software pack for Asycube vibration feeder
    RCX320/340 plugin integrates Asycube with SCARA and cartesian robots, sharpens pick-and-place flexibility with Yamaha RCXiVY2+ non-stop vision Yamaha Motor Europe Factory Automation section is giving customers extra power to boost the pick-and-place flexibility and productivity of their SCARA and cartesian robots by providing a free software plugin for the Asyril Asycube intelligent parts feeder. The software eases integration of Asycube and lets the intelligent feeder take advantage of Yamaha’s RCXiVY2+ high-speed, high-resolution vision system. Any Yamaha SCARA or cartesian robot compatible with the RCX320 or RCX340 controller can now rely on Asycube to quickly sort and orientate bulk components for easier, faster, pickup. The Asycube feeder intelligently adjusts vibration frequency, amplitude, and platter orientation to position the parts optimally, leveraging advanced 3-axis vibration technology. A standard Ethernet connection simplifies setup and scalability is assured by connecting multiple feeders via a switching hub. “The plugin software for Asycube easily integrates the Asyril Flexible Feeder with Yamaha’s fast and agile robots and efficient RCXiVY2+ vision system to bring further flexibility and increase productivity,” said Ryosuke Nakamura, Branch Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe Robotics Division. “Using the free plugin, our customers can quickly put this cutting-edge innovation to work in their factories.” The Yamaha RCXiVY2+ vision system maximises the advantages of Asycube with features such as non-stop vision that checks the pickup orientation on the fly. This system, developed using knowhow gained from high-speed surface-mount electronics assembly, increases productivity by up to 20%. Any gripping deviation is automatically corrected, allowing picked parts to be placed or assembled directly. The Asycube plugin is available to download for registered users of the Yamaha Robot Member website. The website also contains information to help select equipment and accessories such as actuators, tips on product design for robotic assembly, and help to setup, program, and maintain Yamaha industrial robots. For further information and to access the Robot Member site, please visit the Yamaha Motor Europe FA Section website at fa.yamaha-motor-im.de. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 8. June 2020
    Yamaha appoints Routeco as UK distributor for industrial robotics portfolio
    Routeco market position, technical competencies and outstanding service infrastructure create ideal partner to boost UK presence Routeco’s office in Milton Keynes, UK Yamaha Motor Europe Factory Automation section has appointed Routeco to distribute the full Yamaha portfolio of industrial robots and associated controllers and accessories in the UK. Based in Milton Keynes, and with a network of local offices across the country, Routeco has over 40 years’ experience in the UK industrial automation sector. As a Technical Partner of choice it is trusted by major automation equipment brands and maintains a broad base of in-house technical expertise offering advice for automation and control products, software, and machine vision. “We have chosen to work with Routeco based on the company’s technical strength and strong service support network that comprehensively covers the UK,” said Ryosuke Nakamura, Branch Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe IM business. “This agreement strengthens our presence in this important territory and enables us to continue growing our customer base and increasing support for the local market.” Keith Harrison, Group Commercial Director, Routeco, commented, “The Yamaha portfolio allows us to deliver even more powerful solutions and great value to our clients, and fits perfectly with our skillset as the go-to partner for enterprises seeking to increase productivity by investing in advanced technologies.” Yamaha has a comprehensive range of SCARA, cartesian, multi-axis and single-axis robots including modular linear conveyors that bring unique flexibility and scalability to robotic assembly cells. The YK-X series of SCARA robots offers many configurations, arm length from 350mm to 1200mm, maximum payload up to 50kg, and special options including dust-proof, drip-proof, and clean-room variants. The dedicated control system, RCX340, simplifies bringing conveyor modules and Yamaha’s iVY2 vision system into the robot domain, enabling rapid system integration, easy maintenance, and future-proof flexibility. Current dynamic #DiscoverYamahaRobotics campaign includes special promotional offers on YK-X SCARA robots, a free trial of the powerful RCX-Studio programming software and unique Yamaha solutions and new products. About Routeco Since 1978 Routeco has successfully established itself as one of the UK's leading distributors of industrial automation and control products. Over an impressive period of sustained and continuous growth, Routeco has secured a nationwide network of sales locations employing over 250 personnel. The company has expanded by focusing on providing customers with the very best choice of products from leading manufacturers from around the world packaged together with a range of value-added services. A broad spectrum of industries depend upon Routeco’s unique commitment in providing a comprehensive quality service ranging from pharmaceutical and food processing to material handling and petrochemicals; from mining and metals, to utilities and textiles; from automotive and construction to machine tool and printing. Routeco offers the broadest range of value added services available and excel at working with customers in designing and supplying custom solutions to meet the unique needs of their market. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 2. June 2020
    Yamaha Motor Launches New Linear Conveyor Module LCMR200
    Contributing to streamlining and improving quality at complex and diversified production sites for realizing next-generation factory Yamaha Motor Europe announced today that it will release the LCMR200, a new linear conveyor module on July 1. The structure of the current model LCM-X has undergone a major review in order to further improve ease of use. The LCMR200 inherits features from the current LCM-X model such as high accuracy and narrow pitch, but now with greatly improved rigidity through a complete reassessment of the module structure. The result is a more robust model that is better suited for work environments where intrusion of foreign matter and static noise are present. In addition, accuracy adjustments during setting up are easier thanks to the combination of a newly developed circulation unit. The system in which up to 64 sliders are controlled by one controller YHX is inherited from the current model LCM-X, but the newly developed Standard Profile program eliminates programming work inside the controller, and makes easier builds of automated equipment. Since commercializing the linear conveyor module for the first time in Japan in 2013, Yamaha Motor has continued to make improvements by listening to feedback from customers who work with production lines. With the new LCMR200 even easier to use, this unit will further contribute to higher process efficiency in factories and a wide range of industries around the world. Linear Conveyor Module LCMR200 Market Background and Product Outline Due to shortened product life cycles, the need for multi-product & variable-volume production is increasing at the Monozukuri (manufacturing) site, and therefore further flexibility and quick response capabilities are also required in the transfer process. Against this background, the linear conveyor module allows easier and more flexible line recomposition than conventional belt conveyors and roller conveyors, as well as high-speed and high-accuracy transfers. The LCMR200 is expected to be applied to a wide range of industries and its uptake seen at factories around the world. In 2013, we released the linear conveyor module LCM100 as the next-generation carrier. Since then, it has been a market leader with its implementation into the assembly processes of electrical / electronic parts and in-vehicle parts, which have relatively small-sized carriers. The newly developed LCMR200, while maintaining the conventional concept, now brings improved usability. From single axis to articulated robots, and linear conveyor applications, Yamaha Motor’s comprehensive lineup of products strongly support the automation of diversified production sites. The company continues to build on these strengths in the pursuit of greater efficiency and quality in increasingly complex and diverse production sites. LCMR200 Main Features 1) High-speed transfer, High-precision stop & Positioning The direct drive via its linear motor enables high-speed transfers, highly accurate stopping, and positioning. 2) Improved rigidity Almost the entire length of the module is installed directly on the frame to support the linear guide. The linear guide and the guide block of the slider have also been increased in size and strength, while keeping the same footprint. 3) Greater flexibility in layout The cable extraction direction can be selected from two directions, front and back, increasing the degree of freedom in electrical wiring and improving the area efficiency when constructing reciprocating lines. 4) Newly developed circulation unit with improved transit accuracy We have a newly developed circulation unit that greatly simplifies slider transfer accuracy adjustments. This has significantly improved the stability and durability of transit connections. 5) YHX controller equipped with new function Standard Profile By using the YHX controller standard profile, customers do not need to create ladder programs in the YHX controller. This also enables control of the LCMR200 and single-axis robot as a positioner from the upper PLC. Key Specifications Drive system Moving-magnet cored linear motor Maximum Payload 15 kg Maximum speed 2,500 mm/sec*1 Repeatable positioning accuracy ±5μm Machine difference between robot sliders ±30μm (dowel hole position basis) Position detection Magnetic absolute positioning sensor Maximum cross-section external dimensions W176 x H109 mm (including robot slider) Linear module length Select from 4 types of 200/300/500/1000 mm Robot slider length 198 mm Maximum stroke Approx. 25.5 m*2 Maximum number of robot sliders 64 units*2 Minimum pitch between robot sliders 210 mm*3 Controller YHX Series Power Supply DC 48 V*4 *1 If the payload is over 10kg, the maximum speed will stay until 2,000mm/sec. *2 Depends on system configuration *3 If the jig pallet mounted on the robot slider in longer, the pitch will be the jig pallet length + 10mm. *4 Requires separate power supply unit for YHX controller About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 18. May 2020
    Yamaha launches #DiscoverYamahaRobotics campaign introducing many new products in 2020 and special offers
    Content will be regularly refreshed with information. Yamaha Motor Europe Factory Automation section is launching #DiscoverYamahaRobotics on social channels and online, describing fast and affordable routes into advanced robotic automation for manufacturing, packaging, logistics, and more. Ryosuke Nakamura, Branch Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe Robotics, says, “Demand for advanced automated manufacturing is increasing relentlessly in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Yamaha’s portfolio covers a total lineup of automated robot products that perfectly matches the needs of small-scale assembly and manufacturing. Thanks to this campaign, everyone can discover Yamaha robotics for a taste of the possibilities, and to find out how to take the next step.” Yamaha’s unique strength lies in providing a total line solution including a selection of ultra-reliable SCARA robots, optional integrated vision, XY robots, single-axis robots, and robot emulator software. In addition, linear transfer conveyor modules assembled on multiple sliders provide greater flexibility and reliability than conventional belt-driven transfer processes. Realizing full digital manufacturing with this innovative linear transfer robot and inline assembly robots enables enterprises to increase productivity and accelerate business transformation. The #DiscoverYamahaRobotics campaign will refresh throughout the year, with updated content and new offers for followers. One of its Highlights include special prices for the Yamaha YK-400XE and recently launched YK610XE high-speed SCARA robots. Furthermore, there is also a free trial to experience the RCX-Studio graphical programming environment, which contains powerful tools to help setup and coordinate all the machines in a line or assembly cell. Upgrades to Yamaha’s LCM100 linear conveyor module and iVY2 robot-vision system will break cover on #DiscoverYamahaRobotics as the campaign continues. The LCM100 and iVY2 are both designed to connect directly to the RCX340 robot controller, ensuring easy integration, flexible control, and lag-free performance. Dedicated vision instructions for the iVY2 system allow fast and efficient native control without the complexity of a conventional machine-vision interface. The #DiscoverYamahaRobotics campaign is live now, featuring dynamic content to highlight key ranges and preview forthcoming new products. Visitors can connect through digital advertising, social platforms, and learn more at fa.yamaha-motor-im.de/yamaha-robotics/ About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu #DiscoverYamahaRobotics Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 14. May 2020
    Yamaha Motor Europe Launches New RCXiVY2+ Vision System
    Capable of Detecting Irregular Shaped Objects; also Applicable to Food, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, and Clothing Yamaha Motor Europe announced today that it will launch the RCXiVY2+ vision system, which features a new “blob detection” enabling picking, presence recognition, and high-speed counting of multiple workpieces for irregular shaped objects such as foodstuffs and clothing, on June 1. As the successor to the existing iVY2, in addition to new functionality this new model features a high-performance camera and improved processing capability, enabling up to 45% detection time reduction compared to the current model. A feature of Yamaha Motor’s vision system is its integration with robots by incorporating a vision board, lighting board, and tracking board in the RCX3 series multi-axis robot controller. This advanced integration enables unitary management of robot control, image processing, lighting control, and conveyor tracking data processing with only the robot program, significantly reducing equipment setup time. The further addition of “blob detection” functionality means that the system can now handle products such as foodstuffs and clothing - which tend to have greater variation in shape and size compared to industrial products - expanding its possible range of applications. RCX340 Controller and RCXiVY2+ Handles Irregurlar Shaped Products such as Foodstuffs and Clothing Market Background The industrial robot market continues to grow due to the declining labor force and rising wages driving requirements for increased factory automation. In addition to the automotive, electrical, and electronics industries, in recent years the utilization of industrial robots has also been increasing in industries such as foodstuffs, clothing, and cosmetics. In response, Yamaha Motor has developed vision systems optimized for detection of irregular shaped objects, which are characteristic of industries such as foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, clothing, and cosmetics.   New Functions of the RCXiVY2+ Blob detection which excels in recognizing irregular shaped objectsThe word “blob” evokes the image of an amorphous lump or mass. Blob detection functions take greyscale images (including variations in light and shade) captured by cameras, and apply certain threshold value criteria, converting them to black and white gradations through binary coded processing. This detection method can then recognize the presence/absence, number, size, etc. of blobs. The RCXiVY2+’s blob detection can recognize workpieces between two and ten times faster than in the edge detection functions of previous models. This upgrade means that the new model can handle tasks such as picking, presence recognition, and high-speed counting of multiple workpieces of irregular shaped objects such as foodstuffs and clothing. The combination of the RCXiVY2+ and SCARA robots is ideal for high-speed conveyor tracking. Performance improvementThe search speed has been improved by 8 to 45% because of the improvement of CPU. In addition, the adoption of a high-performance camera has improved the number of pixels and frame rate.   Other Features Simple auto-calibration functionHigh-precision camera calibration can be completed simply by following the easy-to-use wizard. Simple workpiece registration functionWorkpiece registration takes just three steps - image capture, contour setting, and detection position registration. Integrated control of the vision program using only the robot programThere is no need to create a coordinate conversion program thanks to unified management from the robot program. Also handles moving camerasCoordinates can be automatically converted to suit a robot's movements when a camera is installed on the robot. Wide range of product registration is possible254 product types can be registered for use in detection, meaning that changeover work can be carried out simply by changing the product number. Monitoring of detection status while robots are running in automatic modeWith the RCXiVY2+ Studio and an external monitor, monitoring of detection status while robots are running in automatic mode as well as reference mark detection status during calibration setting are possible. Specifications Basic Specifications Compatible controllers RCX340/RCX320 No. of pixels 728(H) x 544(V) (400,000 pixels) 1,456(H) x 1,088(V) (1.6 megapixels) 2,048(H) x 1,536(V) (3.2 megapixels) 2,592(H) x 1,944(V) (5 megapixels) Number of set product types 254 product types No. of connected cameras Max. 2 Camera connections GigE camera PoE: Up to IEEE802.3af 1ch 7W External interface Ethernet (1000BASE-T) *Used for settings and monitor External monitor output DVI-I *Analog monitors can also be used via a conversion adaptor Monitor resolution: 1024x768 Vertical period frequency: 60Hz Horizontal period frequency: 48.4kHz Power supply DC 24V ±10 % 1.5 A Max Exterior dimensions W45mm x H19mm5 x D130mm (RCXiVY2+ unit only) Weight 0.8Kg (RCXiVY2+ unit only, when lighting control option is selected) Detection method Edge detection (Correlative edge filter, Sobel filter) Measurement function, blob detection Image capture Trigger mode Software trigger, hardware trigger External trigger inputs 2 Functions Position detection, coordinate conversion, automatic point data creation, distortion and tilt correction Camera installation positions Set to either fixed cameras (above and below) or robots (Y, Z axes) Vertical direction with regard to workpieces being photographed is recommended Included assistance functions Calibration, image saving function, product type registration, reference mark registration, measurement function registration, blob registration, monitor function Lighting control option No. of connected lighting units Max. 2 Light modulation method PWM modulation control (0-100%) PWM frequency 62.5kHz/125kHz switchable Continuous light, strobe light (tracks camera exposure) Lighting power input DC 12V or DC 24V (2ch common, external supply) Lighting output For DC 12V supply: 2ch, total less than 40W For DC 24V supply: 2ch, total less than 80W About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 14. May 2020
    Yamaha Motor Launches Support Software for RCX3 Series Robot Controller
    New Functions Significantly Reduce Robot System Setup Time Yamaha Motor Europe announced today that it will launch the RCX-Studio 2020 support software for the RCX3 Series of robot controllers on May 14, 2020. This new product adds new functions such as a 3D simulator and program templates (automatic sample generation) to the existing RCX-Studio Pro software, and also features usability enhancements.
  • 9. April 2020
    Yamaha Motor Launches YK610XE-10 and YK710XE-10 SCARA Robots
    Yamaha YK610XE-10 Expanding the lineup of productivity-boosting YK-XE series Yamaha Motor Europe announced today that it will add the YK610XE-10 (610mm arm length) and YK710XE-10 (710mm arm length) models to the YK-XE Series of SCARA robots. Launching on April 16, the two new models build on the high speed and efficiency of the current YK-XE Series. Both models deliver high performance, with 10kg maximum payload and standard cycle time of 0.39 seconds (YK610XE-10) or 0.42 seconds (YK710XE-10), delivering increased productivity. In addition, the accessible pricing for these models helps users raise manufacturing performance and increase profitability. Together with the YK400XE-4 (400mm arm length) launched last year, the YK-XE Series now includes three models. The expanded product lineup also covers a broader range of applications, encompassing not only assembly, conveyance, and sorting etc. of small components such as in smartphones and PCs, but also of large components such as in home appliances and automobiles. Yamaha Motor has more than 40 years’ history in SCARA robots, since the first was installed in one of our factories in 1976. Since then, we have expanded our product lineup, which now features industry-leading product variations. The great diversity of alternatives we provide means that customers can choose the models which best suit their particular requirements, optimizing their production facilities while also working to reduce their capital expenditure. Model Launch Date YK610XE-10 SCARA Robot April 16, 2020 YK710XE-10 SCARA Robot Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu YK610XE-10 and YK710XE-10 SCARA Robot Basic Specifications YK610XE-10 YK710XE-10 Axis Specifications X Axis Arm Length 335mm 435mm Rotation Angle ±134° ±134° Y Axis Arm Length 275mm Rotation Angle ±152° Z Axis Stroke 200mm R Axis Rotation Angle ±360° Motor Output AC X Axis 400W 400W Y Axis 200W 200W Z Axis 200W 200W R Axis 200W 200W Maximum Speed X-Y Axis Synthesis 8.6m/sec 9.5m/sec Z Axis 2m/sec R Axis 2,600°/sec Repeatability1 X and Y Axes ±0.01mm ±0.02mm Z Axis ±0.01mm R Axis ±0.01° Maximum Payload 10kg (Standard Specifications) Standard Cycle Time: With 2kg Load2 0.39 sec 0.42sec R Axis Allowable Inertia3 0.3kgm² User Wiring 0.2sq x 20 Wires User Piping (Outer Diameter) φ6 x 3 Pipes Motion Limit Settings 1. Soft limit 2. Mechanical stopper (X, Y, Z Axes) Robot Cable Length Standard: 3.5m (Optional: 5m, 10m) Weight 25kg 26kg Applicable Controller RCX340 1: alues under constant ambient temperature (X, Y axes)2: When reciprocating 300mm horizontally and 25mm vertically with rough positioning in an arch motion3: The inertia must be input in the actual usage environment Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice. For further information please visit the Yamaha Motor Europe FA Section website at fa.yamaha-motor-im.de. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 2. April 2020
    Innovations in SCARA Robots Boost Performance and Reliability
    SCARA robots can automate and accelerate pick-and-place and small assembly processes such as transferring workpieces between processes, screwdriving, and
  • 20. February 2020
    Yamaha to showcase innovations for faster, easier robot automation at Hannover Messe 2020
    Booth G25, Hall 6 to host the latest in high-speed motion, vision systems, and programming tools
  • 18. February 2020
    Yamaha inspires European partners in mission to automate
    Factory Automation Section distributor meeting reviews achievements and sets new goals
  • 17. February 2020
    Yamaha Motor Europe Robotics division establishes Customer Service & Support Function for FA Section
    With factory-backed maintenance, repair, and upgrade, Yamaha Motor delivers full lifecycle support for growing customer base Yamaha Motor Europe FA Section has opened a new Customer Service & Support function to provide expert support for customers throughout the European region. Based at the Yamaha Motor Europe headquarters in Neuss, Germany, the Customer Service & Support is ready to work with system integrators and end users to provide factory-backed maintenance, repair, and upgrade services for deployed applications. “We started FA Section to bring Yamaha robot technology to Europe and in a short time have helped many companies in diverse industry sectors transform processes such as materials handling, production assembly, and packaging,” said Mr. Ryosuke Nakamura, General Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe FA Section. “The new service engineering department now augments our solution-engineering capabilities to provide full lifecycle support for our growing customer base.” The FA Section Service Engineer Department is active from February 2020 and ready to book customer-service appointments. For further information please visit the Yamaha Motor Europe FA Section website at https://www.yamaha-motor-im.de/en/fa/. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 17. October 2019
    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 Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 19. September 2019
    Enhanced vision for Yamaha robots simplifies setup and accelerates performance
    New iVY2 imaging system leverages dedicated vision instructions of RCX340 multi-robot controllerYamaha Factory Automation Section has introduced next-generation vision for its uniquely flexible range of SCARA, cartesian, orbital, single-, and multi-axis robots. The latest iVY2 system, hosted on Yamaha’s state-of-the-art RCX340 robot controller, simplifies setup, accelerates performance and, for the first time, brings vision into the overall robot-control program for ease of use and efficiency.iVY2 supports up to 5Mpixel cameras to allow high-resolution imaging for fast and stable workpiece detection. In addition, wizard-assisted auto-calibration and easy three-step workpiece registration eliminate laborious setup tasks. Users can complete setups up to 80% faster than typical general-purpose vision systems.Further powerful features of the iVY2 vision system include an image-edge search engine that enhances part detection under difficult lighting conditions, and a DVI-I output that enables users to analyse search status at any time including during calibration or when the robot is operating automatically. There is also support for extra part types, with capacity to register up to 254 parts.Compatibility with the RCX340 controller enables iVY2 to leverage dedicated vision instructions that simplify programming and accelerate component search and tracking, in conjunction with the optional RCX340 tracking board. Search time is reduced by up to 50%, which allows iVY2 to detect large numbers of conveyorized parts at high speed and thus enhance robot pickup.iVY2 comes with the iVY2 Studio graphical configuration and monitoring environment and Yamaha support services including preliminary vision-application assessment, equipment-selection advice, and training. A wide variety of equipment options is available, including CCD and CMOS cameras, standard and megapixel lenses, cables, and a dedicated lighting-control board and accessories.For further information please visit the Yamaha Motor Europe FA Section website at https://www.yamaha-motor-im.de/en/fa/.  The Yamaha iVY2 system connects directly to the advanced RCX340 robot controller Yamaha iVY2 vision enhances robot speed, precision, and efficiency About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 11. September 2019
    SCARA robot “YK400XE” is newly launched
    Increase of the payload and reduction of the cycle time are achieved.  Yamaha Motor Europe FA Section will release new SCARA robot “YK400 XE” (with an arm length of 400 mm) on September 17, 2019. This “YK400XE” is a successor model of the conventional model “YK400XR” that features high accuracy and high performance even at a less expensive price. The maximum payload is 4 kg that is 1.4 times larger than the conventional model and the standard cycle time is reduced approx. 10% to achieve 0.41 sec. by strengthening the drive system and arm, increasing the rigidity, and improving the performance of the controller “RCX340”. As a result, the production capacity is much improved. Even when the maximum payload is increased and the operating performance is improved, the high cost performance is achieved. In addition, as the installation position is fully compatible with the conventional model, the replacement work can be performed easily. This product will be exhibited at Yamaha’s booth 7328 in hall 7 at Motek Show 2019 from 7th – 10th October 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information please visit Yamaha’s website at https://www.yamaha-motor-im.de/en/fa/. Yamaha SCARA robot “YK400XE” About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 23. August 2019
    Yamaha to highlight on-the-fly vision for faster robotic automation at Motek 2019
    Booth to feature broad portfolio of solutions to simplify and streamline process automationYamaha Motor Europe Factory Automation Section will demonstrate technologies to accelerate robotic processes, including on-the-fly visual inspection and alignment, at Motek in Stuttgart, 7-10 October 2019.Yamaha’s on-the-fly vision draws on technologies perfected in precision surface-mount electronics assembly to inspect and align picked parts at full speed, greatly reducing tact time of processes like palletizing, de-palletizing, and mechanical assembly. The demonstration will run on the competitively priced YK-400XR SCARA robot and contrast the high-speed system with conventional vision to highlight the potential time savings and productivity advantages.Visitors to the booth, no. 7328 hall 7, can find out more about the linear, multi-axis, cartesian, and SCARA robots from Yamaha, available in many sizes and configurations including special cleanroom variants. Together, they create a unique single-vendor opportunity to simplify and streamline system integration. The complete portfolio includes drivers and controllers including the advanced RCX340, the unique LCM100 programmable linear conveyor module, iVY plug-and-play vision systems, and accessories including electric grippers and high-megapixel cameras with flexible lens options.Yamaha specialists based at the company’s European office in Neuss, Germany will be available throughout the fair to discuss everything from first assessment to programming and maintaining robotic automation for all types of applications in manufacturing, packaging, logistics, and more.For more information please visit Yamaha’s website at https://www.yamaha-motor-im.de/en/fa/. Yamaha Pic. 1: Yamaha’s on-the-fly vision boosts speed and efficiency Yamaha Pic. 2: The affordable YK400XR for cost-conscious robotic automation About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 4. July 2019
    Advancing Yamaha SCARA robot family boosts speed, versatility, and uptime
    Wider size and payload ranges, leveraging innovative features, maximise opportunities to automateYamaha Motor Europe Factory Automation Section, the only producer of robots in all commonly used industrial form factors for end-to-end robotic process automation, continues to extend its SCARA family. Available arm lengths now range from just 120mm to 1200mm, and maximum payload from 1kg to 50kg, to accelerate a wide variety of pick and place, packaging/de-packaging, and mechanical assembly tasks.The YK-XG and YK-TW orbital SCARA series contain advanced features that ensure efficient movement and superior long-term accuracy. By placing the tip-rotation axis directly in line with the speed-reducing gear, leveraging a specially designed hollow motor, the YK-XG beltless drive allows fast R-axis rotation with large offset loads that require traditional belt-driven robots to decelerate. The latest models feature 45% faster X-Y axis speed than previous generations, now reaching 7.6m/s, 35% greater angular speed up to 2.3m/s, and 93% higher R-axis speed at 1700°/s.With magnetic position resolvers, instead of optical encoders traditionally used in other industrial SCARA ranges, Yamaha’s SCARA robots benefit from higher noise immunity and boost reliability by eliminating the effects of contamination such as dust or grease that exist in industrial environments. There are also design features that simplify maintenance to maximise uptime for greater productivity.The versatile range offers many options for system integrators, including YK-XGP dust-proof and drip-proof models that can resist environmental contaminants, YK-XGC clean-room robots, YK-XGS wall-mount and inverse configurations, and the YK-XR series for cost-sensitive applications.For more information about Yamaha’s SCARA, and cartesian, single-axis, multi-axis robots and unique linear modular conveyer for superior industrial automation, please visit Yamaha’s website at https://www.yamaha-motor-im.de/en/fa/. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 18. June 2019
    Yamaha robotics distributor meeting combines technology with track action
    European sales and distributor partners talk business and witness the action at Barcelona MotoGPYamaha Factory Automation Section (FA Section) combined its business focus in robotics with the excitement of MotoGP at the annual distributor meeting in Barcelona during the MotoGP race weekend, June 14-15. All the company’s European robot sales and distributor partners gathered from across Europe to talk technology and strategy – and to see Yamaha’s racing heroes in action.The group got down to business immediately on Saturday, as leaders from Yamaha FA Section presented the latest state-of-the-art innovations rolling out to take the company forward. Yamaha is the only industrial robot producer to offer standard products in all formats – SCARA, cartesian, linear, single- and multi-axis robots, and with the added advantage of the unique programmable robotic LCM100 conveyor module.Individual meetings in the afternoon let distributors present their plans and discuss the support they need for the coming year. “The time is right for significant investment in robot technology across industries from precision assembly and high-speed manufacturing to packaging and logistics, driving productivity to the next level,” said Mr. Ichiro Arimoto, Yamaha Motor Europe Robotic Division General Manager. “We continue to strengthen support for our distributor partners here in Europe, to deliver the most advanced, flexible, and efficient solutions for customers.”Sunday took the delegates to the Circuit de Catalunya, with complementary tickets to see all the action at the track; a fitting “thank you” from the company behind MOTOBOT, the robotic-control testbed that has raced against top Yamaha MotoGP star Valentino Rossi and continues to come ever-closer to the nine-time world champion’s lap times — demonstrating the rapid progress Yamaha continues to achieve in this fast-moving field of automation. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Yamaha’s MOTOBOT expresses the synergy between the company’s advanced robot technology and commitment to continually improving performance.
  • 4. June 2019
    Yamaha delivers configurable modular transfer for robot assembly cells
    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 Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 22. May 2019
    Yamaha FA Section Introduces Robot Lineup to Solve Real-World Automation Challenges
    Lightweight cobots dominated at Hanover Messe this April. While they offer a tantalising vision for our industrial future, many automation challenges are solved more efficiently by coordinated high-speed robots working together in a fully integrated assembly cell. Yamaha’s Factory Automation Section is the only robot manufacturer offering a portfolio that includes all commonly used industrial robot types; cartesian, SCARA, single-axis, and multi-axis articulated robots. The wide range of machines, controllers, programming software, and accessories available enables solution integrators to automate entire assembly sequences, benefiting from convenient one-stop technical support and a common environment for programming and control. The lineup contains machine sizes for payloads from 5kg to 50kg, with special options including high-speed pick-and-place robots, dust-/drip-proof, and clean-room models. Features such as contamination-resistant position resolvers and innovative vector-control drives ensure superior speed and reliability. In addition, Yamaha’s unique LCM100 robotic linear conveyor module overcomes the restrictions of conventional belt-and-roller transport by enabling bidirectional flexibility, independent module speed control, and easy reprogramming. Flexible controller options ensure speed and simplicity, with machine vision fully integrated under robot control using Yamaha’s dedicated vision instructions for easy setup and instantaneous response. Eliminating the interface lag that typically slows communication with a conventional independent vision system allows faster excursion speeds for improved tact time. To achieve the most efficient solution to your automation challenges in the real world today, contact Yamaha FA Section office in Neuss. To find out more and get in touch with Yamaha FA Section European sales managers please visit www.yamaha-motor-im.eu. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 11. April 2019
    Yamaha Factory Automation Section opens direct robot sales and support office for Europe
    The new support office, part of Yamaha Motor Europe N.V in Neuss, Dusseldorf, Germany, is strategically located to connect with Yamaha’s agents and distributors throughout Europe. The network comprises partners with long expertise in industrial robotics, who are currently serving a rapidly growing customer base to facilitate an easier access to more extensive services direct from Yamaha. “The time is right to increase support for our European partners as leading corporations are increasing robot deployments as a mainstay of digital transformation,” said Ichiro Arimoto. “Yamaha Factory Automation Section offers a unified product range, world-class support, and the assurances that come with in-house production and R&D that let industrial communities engage confidently with robots and derive maximum competitive advantage.” The latest generations of robots, leveraging advanced control techniques infused with machine-learning artificial intelligence (AI), are driving fast-paced productivity growth and represent a key enabler for Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Drawing on over 40 years of experience rooted in the introduction of robot technology for assembling Yamaha motorcycles, the Yamaha FA Section creates cutting-edge articulated robots and continuously improves traditional industrial types such as cartesian, SCARA, and single-axis robots for state-of-the-art performance and flexibility. The portfolio of standard products streamlines access to advanced robotics solutions that are faster, quieter, more responsive, more precise, and more space-efficient than traditional automation. A comprehensive range of advanced controllers, accessories such as grippers, and customization services, is also available. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 4. March 2019
    Yamaha Motor Exhibits at World’s Leading Industrial Technology Trade Fair HANNOVER MESSE 2019 — Abundant Robot Line-up Provides Optimal Solutions for Diverse Automation
    WATA, March 4, 2019—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today that it will exhibit a booth based on the theme of “YAMAHA ROBOT BEST SOLUTION – Improved Production Line Performance,” at the HANNOVER MESSE 2019, a B to B industrial technology trade show to be held in Hannover, Germany, from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5, 2019. The HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading industrial trade fair, at which leading-edge industrial technology and products are gathered in one place. (The 2018 event saw exhibits held by approx. 6,500 companies attracting around 220,000 visitors). The booth has increased space to about twice that of last year where it will showcase demonstrations such as the “Linear Conveyor Module LCM 100,” a linear motor-based transport robot, and a SCARA robot which boasts high speed and high accuracy. These exhibits work toward greater productivity and improved variability on production lines, providing best solutions for factory automation. Yamaha Motor: Exhibitions and Demonstrations 1) Speaker assembly demonstration using the LCM 100 transport robotLinear Conveyor Module LCM100The LCM 100 can transport workpieces at high speed and can be assembled directly on the slider, so that the transfer time is shortened considerably. In addition, with linear motor control, it is possible to change the stop position and process similar operations, bringing greater production line designs with higher levels of variability. 2) On-the-fly Function Demonstration (non-stop recognition camera)Robot Integrated Vision System “iVY 2” & Multi-Axis Controller “RCX 340”Our exhibition will introduce a function that can shorten pick and place tact times with position correction after test piece handling. With the robot-integrated vision system “iVY2,” through the multi-axis controller “RCX 340” capable of synchronous operation with multiple stand robots, recognition, correction and mounting can be performed without stopping robot operation, working to help improving throughput significantly. Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu 3) Auto parts sealing demonstrationSCARA robot “YK 400 XR” & Cartesian RobotsWith the SCARA robot “YK 400 XR” boasting a standard cycle time of 0.45 seconds, the dual lane assembled cartesian robot greatly shortens the cycle time of the coating process.For test pieces on cartesian robots with two lanes, one carries out coating, while the other replaces the test piece using a SCARA robot. As a result, the work ratio of the dispenser is improved which significantly increases productivity. European Industrial Robot Market Overview (Total welding, painting/coating, actuator, assembly, conveyance, and clean conveyance system) The industrial robot market in Europe continues to grow due to the declining labor force, rising wages, increased factory automation and quality improvement needs. History of Yamaha Motor Industrial Robots 1974 : Yamaha Motor begins research and development into industrial robots in order to streamline production and increase machining precision in its own motorcycle factories 1976 : SCARA robots introduced to Yamaha Motor motorcycle production lines 1984 : IM Business Unit established (Yamaha Motor Hamakita Plant) / SCARA robot sales begin 1991 : IM Technology Center completion (Sodecho, Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka Prefecture) 2006 : IM Technology Center and factory expansion 2013 : China (Suzhou City) sales office established Linear Conveyor Module LCM100 is launched 2016 : Integrated control robot system “Advanced Robotics Automation Platform”is launched Launch of Linear Conveyor Module “LCM-X”, and Single-axis robot “GX Series” Launch of Stepping Motor Electric Actuator “YLE series,” and integrated Controller “YHX Series” 2017 : New Robotics Business building begins operation 2018 : First exhibition at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 Opening of the Yamaha Motor Advanced Technology Center (Yokohama) Yamaha Motor’s lineup of products to powerfully support the automation of production sites is wide-ranging in variation. YMC builds on these strengths to pursue greater efficiency and quality in increasingly complex, diverse, and high-speed production sites. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 5. April 2018
    Yamaha Motor: First Exhibition at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, World’s Leading Trade Fair for Industrial Technology, Delivering Overall Optimization of Fully-Digitalized Production Facilities through Robot Transport
    IWATA, April 05, 2018—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today that it will exhibit for the first time at the HANNOVER MESSE 2018, a B to B industrial technology trade show to be held in Hannover, Germany, from Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27, 2018. Based on the theme of “Fully-Digitalized Production through Robot Transport,” the Yamaha Motor booth will showcase the overall construction of Fully-Digitalized Production lines, including transport processes. The HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading industrial trade fair, at which leading-edge industrial technology and products are gathered in one place. (The 2017 event saw exhibits held by approx. 5,000 companies attracting around 220,000 visitors). The Yamaha Motor booth at the HANNOVER MESSE will feature the Advanced Robotics Automation Platform, as well as an operation demonstration of the Platform and the YK400XR SCARA robot, showcasing the high-speed capability and precision of Yamaha robotics technology to a broad cross-section of the European market. Overview of HANNOVER MESSE 2018http://www.hannovermesse.de/home Event Period : April 23 to 27, 2018   Venue : Hannover Exhibition Grounds, Germany   No. of Exhibitors : Approximately 5,000*   No. of Attendees : Around 220,000 people* *Previous event (2017)   Yamaha Motor Exhibit Outline Exhibit Space : Hall17, B06   Details : ◎Exhibition and demonstrationsAdvanced Robotics Automation PlatformYK400XR   Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Models to be Exhibited by Yamaha Motor Advanced Robotics Automation Platform This new robotics system enables automation of complex advanced production facilities rapidly and at low cost. The system enables integrated control in one unit of the multiple robots and peripheral devices necessary for production facilities, reducing wasted time through the full digitalization of facilities. ARAP Product Website:https://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/robot/platform/en/ Explanatory video:https://youtu.be/r_x_WSFj4rc YK400XR This SCARA robot features both high quality/functionality and excellent cost-performance. These robots deliver outstanding high rigidity, high-speed capability, and high-accuracy capability. They are utilized across a wide range of production processes, from production facilities for electrical/electronic components and compact precision machinery parts requiring precision assembly, through to transfer and transport in large automotive component assembly. YK400XR Product Website:https://global.yamaha-motor.com/business/robot/lineup/ykxg/ Applications:https://global.yamaha-motor.com/business/robot/lineup/application/ykxg/ Introduction of Features:https://global.yamaha-motor.com/business/robot/lineup/ykxg/small/yk400xr/ Demonstration video:https://youtu.be/5b7JbiONZvY Industrial Robot Market Overview Driven by rising wages and increased quality requirements in China and emerging markets, as well as the decreasing working-age population in Japan and Europe, the global robot market has followed a growth trend, which is expected to continue. The average annual growth rate for the 2017 to 2024 period is forecast to grow at 4.2% on a monetary basis, and at 10.2% on a unit basis, with market expansion expected to continue in the future. History of Yamaha Motor Industrial Robots 1974 : Yamaha Motor begins research and development into industrial robots in order to streamline production and increase machining precision in its own motorcycle factories 1976 : SCARA robots introduced to Yamaha Motor motorcycle production lines 1981 : Industrial Robots business established. External sales begin 1984 : IM Business Unit established (Yamaha Motor Hamakita Plant) / SCARA robot sales begin overseas 1991   IM Technology Center completion (Sodecho, Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka Prefecture) 2006   IM Technology Center and factory expansion 2013 : China (Suzhou City) sales office establishedLinear conveyor module LCM100 launched 2016 : Advanced Robotics Automation Platform integrated controller (PLC) launched 2017 : New Robotics Business building begins operation Yamaha Motor’s lineup of industrial robots ranging from industrial robots to controllers, which powerfully support the automation of production sites, is rich in variation. YMC builds on these strengths to pursue greater efficiency and quality in increasingly complex, diverse, and high-speed production sites. About YAMAHA Robotics 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. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu