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November 10, 2010

Motoman Software Simplifies Touch-Sense Teaching for Robotics

Motoman Robotics unveiled a new software function that simplifies the teaching of touch-sense to robots in seam-finding applications.

According to company sources, touch-sensing is an optimized technology that enables robots to locate seams in workpieces before actually applying the weld. This functionality is provided in the form of macro jobs that help users to enter data on a single screen.

Also, it was revealed that an auto-learn feature helps the robot to search for the part location which is easier than manual teaching and results in more accurate offsets. Auto-learn detects the plane of the work piece and is capable of adjusting the robot position relative to the work piece. 

The macro jobs package is compatible with several Motoman Robotics seam-finding products. The package also includes touch-sensing, the Accufast laser seam-finder and Servo-Robot’s SF-D/H laser line seam-finding camera. Macro jobs provides standard routines for a variety of joint conditions, single 1D touch, Tee joint 2D touch, 2D Lap touch, 3D corner or edge touch and inside and outside circle touch, said company officials.

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc., has grown to have an installed base of over 30,000 units. The company’s products include robotic automation solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal and spot welding operations.

Specializing in automation solutions, Motoman provides complete, innovative robotic solutions for almost all industries and applications. With 200,000+ robots installed worldwide the company’s extensive product line includes over 175 general-purpose and application-specific robot models, with 2-800 kg payloads, including a dual-arm (15-axis) robot with “humanlike” flexibility of motion. Motoman owns patented technology that can control up to 36 axes with a single programming pendant.

The company has implemented more than 15 families of fully integrated, pre-engineered “World” solutions comprising of robots and process equipment which feature flexibility at lower cost and risk.

Experienced engineers from Motoman evaluate a project and provide the best “World” or custom solution to meet the automation needs of the project. Motoman’s robotic solutions are known to make operations more efficient and products more consistent besides ensuring world-class quality, innovation and total customer satisfaction.


Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for RobotXworld. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard


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