Yaskawa Motoman GP280L Simplifies Jobs with Heavy Components
Yaskawa Motoman has debuted the extended-reach, six-axis GP280L robot, an extension of its GP-series robot family for swift, high-power applications.
Yaskawa Motoman says its extended-reach six-axis GP280L robot offers fast and powerful performance for a variety of applications, especially in handling, cutting, machine tending and press tending. The robot’s 280-kg payload capacity accommodates large, heavy components.
With 3,114 mm of horizontal reach, 3,552 mm of vertical reach and ±0.1 mm of repeatability, the GP280L can perform jigless applications, where the robot positions a part for processing by other robots or two robots handle a single part.
High moment-of-inertia ratings ease transfer of heavy payloads, and Yaskawa says the robot’s swift axis speeds and acceleration capabilities reduce cycle time to increase production output.
The streamlined upper-arm design enables easy access to parts in tight spots, and a wide wrist-motion range eliminates potential interference with fixtures. The robot’s reduced interference design allows placement in close proximity to workpieces and other robots for high-density layouts.
Installation is quick and efficient. A single cable connects the manipulator to the controller, streamlining setup and reducing expenses for maintenance and spare parts inventory. The GP280L can be floor-mounted and has an IP67-rated wrist and IP54 body standard.
The GP280L joins Yaskawa’s GP-series robot family, which ranges in payload capacity from 7 kg to 600 kg. All GP-series robots use a high-performance YRC1000 controller, which is built to a global standard and does not require a transformer for input voltages ranging from 380 VAC to 480 VAC. With a 598-mm wide, 490-mm high and 427-mm deep cabinet, the YRC1000 utilizes a lightweight teach pendant with intuitive programming.
After watching a machinist take four hours to set up a part on a VMC, Dan Olsen of Mach Machine knew he had a problem. The solution seemed clear: horizontal machining. The automation system wasn’t expected; but the novelty was well worth it before long.
Several exhibitors at the recent EMO show in Hannover, Germany, featured demonstrations of robotic arms wielding live cutting tools such as end mills or face mills. Perhaps the most dramatic demo was presented by Delcam to showcase this CAM developer’s PowerMill Robot Interface.
This shop justified the robot solely through improved use of labor. Other benefits came to light after the automation arrived.