The New Collaborative Robot by Motoman- The HC10

Jul 9, 2016

The Human Collaborative 10 (HC10) is the first collaborative available from Yaskawa Motoman. The HC10 offers the ability for humans and robots to collaborate and work together without any safety fences or barriers. It is also equipped with multiple sensors and advanced software to help improve the accuracy and overall productivity.

Yaskawa Motoman recent­ly intro­duced the pro­to­type of the first col­lab­o­ra­tive robot, the Human Col­lab­o­ra­tive 10 (HC10), to be avail­able to the entire world!

Typ­i­cal­ly, indus­tri­al robots are placed behind cur­tains, fenc­ing, or oth­er bar­ri­ers as they move with a lot of pow­er and force that could injure a human work­er. How­ev­er, robot­ics man­u­fac­tur­ers, such as Fanuc, Motoman, KUKA, and ABB, are real­iz­ing the advan­tage of col­lab­o­ra­tive robots for cer­tain appli­ca­tions and indus­tries, and so is the entire globe. The col­lab­o­ra­tive mar­ket and demand are becom­ing so pop­u­lar that this indus­try of robots is now expect­ed to grow from $95 mil­lion in 2015 to $1 bil­lion in 2020!

So what is a col­lab­o­ra­tive robot? The col­lab­o­ra­tive robot was designed with mul­ti­ple advanced sen­sors, soft­ware, and EOATs that work togeth­er to help avoid injuries/​damages. These robots also no longer require safe­ty cages or bar­ri­ers; human work­ers and col­lab­o­ra­tive machines can safe­ly and effec­tive­ly work togeth­er in an un-caged environment.

The Motoman HC10 brings all of the above and more. The HC10 is a 6‑axis robot that can han­dle up to 10kg pay­load, has a 1200 mm reach, is floor mount­ed, and comes with the new YRC 1000 con­troller. The inter­nal cable rout­ing and wiring helps to guar­an­tee a high degree of reli­a­bil­i­ty with min­i­mal inter­fer­ence contours.

The HC10 was designed to specif­i­cal­ly avoid pinch points and dan­ger­ous sharp edges with its blue rub­ber skin suit to fur­ther pro­tect humans.

It addi­tion, it has a very sophis­ti­cat­ed force/​torque sen­sor in each axis to allow for a flex­i­ble inter­ac­tion between the robot arm and its envi­ron­ment. This Pow­er and Force Lim­it tech­nol­o­gy will mon­i­tor force in each joint and adjust accord­ing­ly. If any con­tact with an oper­a­tor is detect­ed, the robot can stop immediately.

The instal­la­tion of the HC10 couldn’t pos­si­bly get any eas­i­er as there are no addi­tion­al pro­tec­tive mea­sures required (space sav­ing!) and it is suit­able for a range of workstations.

If things aren’t good enough already, Motoman devel­oped an Easy Teach­ing Smart HUB soft­ware to make the HC10 ridicu­lous­ly easy to pro­gram and use. This soft­ware allows the robot arm posi­tions and grip­per oper­a­tion to be guid­ed by an oper­a­tor and registered.

Over­all, the HC10 is one robot you can’t pass up on. It will bring your pro­duc­tion line flex­i­bil­i­ty, cost sav­ings, space sav­ings, and more! Please con­tact Robots​.com online or by phone at 8777626881. Our experts are eager to increase the qual­i­ty and ROI on your pro­duc­tion line with the Motoman HC10

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