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Programming robots in accordance with IEC 61131

22 December 2015

Yaskawa has integrated POWERLINK in its DX200 robot controller, making it possible to seamlessly incorporate Motoman robots into machine automation systems.

Bruno Schnekenburger, head of the robotics division at YASKAWA Europe, explains: "We not only created an interface to POWERLINK. With Motoman Sync, we also offer the possibility of programming robots in a familiar IEC 61131 environment." Advantages of this are said to include reduced commissioning times and better clock accuracy.

Integration in a POWERLINK network can also result in additional benefits such as increased productivity. In addition, machines or plants can be designed more flexibly. A separate operator terminal for robots is not needed because all data required for operation and diagnostics can be displayed and modified on the machine's main terminal. The DX200 robot controller for Yaskawa Motoman robots enables synchronous control of up to eight robots or 72 axes and is equipped with a built-in safety controller in accordance with PL d / Cat 3 for up to 32 user-defined safety areas and up to 16 different tools.

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