Software Enables Robot Control, Programming Using PLC

The MLX300 software option integrates Yaskawa robots and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) by enabling operators to control and program robots in a standard PLC programming environment, eliminating the need to learn a specific robot programming language.

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The MLX300 software option integrates Yaskawa robots and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) by enabling operators to control and program robots in a standard PLC programming environment, eliminating the need to learn a specific robot programming language. All program execution is performed by the PLC, while the motion control is handled by the kinematic algorithms of the Yaskawa robot controller. Supported PLCs include CompactLogix, ControlLogix and GuardLogix.

This unified controls approach simplifies safety design by eliminating redundant electrical interfaces and consolidating hardware to optimize floorspace. The single controller-single programming environment approach requires just one programmer to implement an application. In addition, familiarity of the controls among maintenance technicians can enable faster troubleshooting and quicker plant acceptance.

The software includes a set of add-on instructions (AOI) and human-machine interface (HMI) screens specific to robot configuration and motion control. Operator station HMI software is available for the Allen-Bradley PanelView display, and pendant HMI software is available for the Allen-Bradley MobileView or Pro-face GP4000.

The software option is compatible with any Yaskawa DX200 material handling robot or YRC1000 GP robot. A combination of up to four robots and positioners can be connected to a single software system. A functional safety unit is also available.