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A history of innovation


YASKAWA has led robotics development from the start in the mid 70’s. Examples of innovations include:

1977: The very first MOTOMAN robot, the L10 is introduced onto the market. Its control system is equipped with a separate programming pendant used to record the robot’s position one by one. The control system has a magnetic memory which does not require a backup.

1983: Yasnac RG controller and MOTOMAN-L10WA robot. The L10WA, with its extra wrist axis is the world’s first six axes robot.

1985: Yasnac RX  controller and MOTOMAN L-series robots. The L-series includes robots able to handle workloads up to 120 kg. There is a direct drive on the three wrist axes and the controller can control 2 external axes. Functions like seam tracking and parallel shift are introduced in later controllers.

1988: Introduction fo the ERC controller. The ERC control system is able to control more axes than any other controller at the time. It had a lot of improved features like electronic seam tracking (ComarcII) and Multi Layer functions which means that external sensors and seam tracking devices are no longer necessary. Other smart features include user coordinates, a step by step position control (forwards and backward,) fine adjustment of speed etc.

1994: Yasnac MRC controller and MOTOMAN SK-series robots. The world’s first robot controller capable of synchronised control of two robots.

1998: XRC controller and MOTOMAN UP-series robots. The XRC can control 27 axes and has a Windows oriented interface with directories and folders. Several types of PC-software for job editing, file transfer or offline programming and simulation are available.

2004: NX100 controller and application dedicated robots for painting, palletising, arc and spot welding. The NX100 controller allows synchronised control of four robots (up to 36 axes in total)

2006: The 7-axis single-arm, IA20 and the 13-axis dual-arm DA20 robots, featuring a new revolutionary robot arm concept resulting in extraordinary freedom of movement.

2008: DX robot controller and new range of robots. The DX100 can control up to eight robots or 72 axes. Robots conserve power during idle time, providing up to 25% in energy savings, and the new features of the programming pendant reduces the need for separate equipment and thus overall cost. Communication with business networks  making it possible e.g. for robot technicians to supervise robots remotely..

2011: FS100 compact robot controller. Designed for packaging and small parts handling the FS100 has the performance required for high-speed operations. Its software architecture is open to enable machine builders and system integrators to develop their own customised solutions.

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Early Motoman welding robot from Yaskawa

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