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Robot Facilitates Collaborative Welding

Specifically designed to add robotic welding capacity to current production, the 6-axis HC10XP collaborative robot (cobot) enables operation with or in close proximity to human workers. Suitable for supplementing manual welding or for rolling up to large, heavy workpieces with its 1,200 mm reach, the 10 kg payload HC10XP can be easily repurposed depending on production needs.

Meeting established safety standards (TUV-certified to ISO 13849-1; complies with ISO 10218-1 and ISO TS 15066), the HC10XP features Power and Force Limiting (PFL), where dual channel torque sensors in all joints constantly monitor force to quickly react. The HC10XP also offers precision hand-guiding, facilitating easy programming for fast implementation of a robot system.

The pinch-less HC10XP can operate without additional protective measures (risk assessment dependent) such as a safety fence, resulting in reduced cost and space requirements. Through-arm utilities hide cabling, including a Category 6 ethernet cable that enables communications for a wide variety of tooling options. This reduces the risk of snagging or interference with other equipment.

The repeatable HC10XP can easily shift between collaborative speed in PFL mode or full speed in industrial mode, optimizing cycle times based on risk assessment and process requirements. Robot path teaching can be accomplished by hand guiding, teach pendant or jogging with an external device using I/O control. Built with cast aluminum for industrial durability, the HC10XP features a IP67 rating to reliably operate in harsh welding environments as well as an easy-clean surface.

The HC10XP is compatible with Miller Auto-Continuum 350 or 500, Lincoln Power Wave with ArcLink and semi-automatic power sources with I/O control of trigger switch. It is available with Yaskawa's Universal Weldcom Interface (UWI) that enables full control of any compatible power source brand using a common interface, as well as a variety of third-party torches, tooling and accessories.

According to the company, the HC10XP is controlled by the high-performance YRC1000 controller that is built to a global standard and does not require a transformer for input voltages ranging from 380VAC to 480VAC. With a compact cabinet of 598 mm x 490 mm x 427 mm (WDH), the YRC1000 uses a lightweight teach pendant with intuitive programming.

For more information contact:

Yaskawa America, Inc.

Motoman Robotics Division

100 Automation Way

Miamisburg, OH 45342


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