Yaskawa has integrated POWERLINK in their DX200 robot controller, making it possible to seamless incorporate Motoman robots into machine automation systems. For machine manufacturers, this advancement considerably simplifies the programming of robots.
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 include reduced commissioning times and better clock accuracy.
Integration in a POWERLINK network results 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 since all data required for operation and diagnostics can be displayed and modified on the machine's main terminal.
The DX200 is a high-performance robot controller for Yaskawa Motoman robots. It enables synchronous control of up to 8 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.
For more information about POWERLINK please go to www.ethernet-powerlink.org.