Robotics Industry News
Yaskawa Motoman Introduces MotoFit Force Control Software
Yaskawa America, Inc. Posted 09/05/2014
Dayton, OH — Yaskawa Motoman is pleased to introduce MotoFit™, a new six-axis force sensing package for high-speed precision assembly applications. MotoFit alters the robot’s position based on the force encountered to align or assemble parts, whereas without MotoFit, a robot is set up for positional control; the robot moves to or retains position even when external forces are applied, provided that forces do not exceed limits that would cause an error.
This six-axis force sensor can detect three translational forces and three axial moments. Three operations (touching, fitting and inserting) are combined to provide automatic precision fits of mating surfaces of 10–100 µm. High-speed fits – up to 20 mm deep with h7/H7 tolerance – can typically be done in five seconds. This makes MotoFit ideal for drive train components, seat, electronics or battery assembly and non-destructive testing.
MotoFit includes a six-axis sensor, high-speed communication board, power supply box, robot mounting flange adapter and Engineering Support Tool (EST) software. EST, a PC application, is used for sensor setup and job creation. After creation, jobs can be edited if needed.
Select Motoman robots (6-15 axis; up to 20 kg payload) are offered with MotoFit. Compatible robot controllers include the new DX200 and FS100.
About Yaskawa Motoman
Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With nearly 300,000 Motoman® robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding. For more information please visit our website at www.motoman.com or call 937.847.6200.