Robotics Industry News
Epson Redefines 6-Axis Robot Category with New Flexion N-Series
EPSON Robots Posted 02/21/2017
Flexion N2 is First in Series to Feature World’s First Compact Folding Arm Technology
CARSON, Calif. - Introducing innovative new technology to the factory automation industry, Epson Robots today announced the revolutionary new Flexion™ N-Series 6-Axis robots, featuring a compact folding arm design poised to dramatically change the scope of automation. Expanding and diversifying Epson’s 6-Axis robot portfolio, the Flexion N-Series provides a compact solution for applications requiring smaller robots and workcells.
The first robot introduced in the series – the Flexion N2 – offers a 450mm reach and 2.5 kg maximum payload, expanding the reach capabilities of Epson’s product line from the 450mm mark up to 1400mm. Unlike any other 6-Axis robot on the market, the Flexion N-Series features a unique tight space motion capability that keeps arm extremities out of the way, maximizing motion efficiency for faster cycle times. In addition, the folding arm reduces required workspace up to 40 percent compared to standard 6-Axis robots. Applications that were previously unattainable due to space restrictions are now possible with the Flexion N-Series.
“Several applications, specifically in the medical and electronics industries, require extreme precision and dexterity for handling small parts in a very tight environment,” said Gregg Brunnick, director of product management for Epson Robots. “With the Flexion N-Series, Epson is bringing to market an intelligent, compact solution and entirely new class of 6-Axis robots to meet the demanding needs of advanced manufacturing.”
While beneficial in a large range of industries, key applications for the Flexion N-Series include micro-sized electronic, automotive, medical, and consumer goods parts assembly, managing of well plates in laboratories, and pill handling in pharmaceutical. The Flexion N-Series is available in both ceiling and tabletop configurations. Compatible and packaged with the RC700A controller, the Flexion N-Series also utilizes Epson’s user-friendly RC+ Robot Development Software and can be used with Epson’s expansive range of integrated options, including Vision Guidance, Force Sensing, Fieldbus, and GUI Builder.
About Epson Robots
Epson Robots is the global leader in PC controlled precision factory automation, with an installed base of well over 55,000 robots and a product line of hundreds of models of easy to use SCARA, Cartesian and 6-Axis robots based on a common PC based platform. Building on a 35+ year heritage, Epson Robots today delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries. For more information, visit www.epsonrobots.com
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 91 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.