Demonstrations include new 7-axis cobot with human sense technology, end-of-line automation for EV batteries, and programmable transport modules with integrated track and trace

Yamaha Robotics FA Section took the wraps off its prototype 7-axis cobot at Motek 2023 in Stuttgart, while also demonstrating precision, high-speed handling of large prismatic modules for EV batteries. In addition, two demonstrations featuring LCMR200 programmable modules showed how flexible workpiece transportation enables compact, automated assembly cells that enhance traceability and simplify maintenance.

Yamaha’s new cobot is ready for the next era of collaborative automation, featuring the seventh axis that enhances dexterity and introducing unique innovations. Among these, human-sense technology provides intuitive contextual awareness to assist positioning and handling of items, enhancing cobot autonomy, accuracy, productivity, and safety.

“Our team of experts spoke to many visitors throughout the event to explain how our robots combine outstanding reliability, innovative technologies, and the ability to choose from many product and configuration options,” said Tatsuro Katakura, Sales Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe Robotics Business, Factory Automation Section. “With the added benefits of our local engineering expertise, supported through our global organisation, we make building advanced automation solutions faster, easier, and more competitive.”

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Yamaha Robotics worked with system integrator partner JP Industrieanlagen to develop the 35kg electric vehicle battery module handling solution featuring the YK1200X SCARA, which automates end-of-line testing and final battery assembly. With 7.5m/s speed, 0.05mm repeatability, and high payload capacity, Yamaha’s YK1200X SCARA robot raises, lowers, and positions the 35kg modules quickly and accurately. Its ability to directly align the module electrical terminals in the test fixture minimises test cycle time, while precision stacking eases final assembly and wiring of the battery pack.

The two LCMR200 demonstrations highlighted the optional vertical and horizontal circulation units that allow space-saving bidirectional assembly lines to operate in two directions to save space and boost efficiency. The broad functional scope of the LCMR200 as a material transport system for flexible assembly grid solutions enables users to build advanced, high-productivity manufacturing facilities.

LCMR200 sliders have electronically programmable speed, acceleration, and stop positions, allowing easy setup and flexibility. In addition, each has a unique ID that permits real-time awareness of location and status, which enhances traceability, eases process control, and facilitates equipment maintenance.

“We are pleased to have shown Motek’s visitors how industrial robots enable fast, efficient and flexible smart manufacturing in diverse industries from automotive to consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and food production and packaging,” concluded Tatsuro Katakura.

About Yamaha FA Section
Yamaha Factory Automation Section (FA Section), a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation, is focused on delivering flexible, high-accuracy industrial robots for precision automation challenges.

With its roots in the introduction of robot technology to Yamaha motorcycle assembly activities, the division has over 40 years’ experience solving automation challenges from factory-scale to micron-level. Yamaha’s industrial robots are now trusted by leading corporations worldwide, in activities as diverse as semiconductor fabrication and assembling electronic products, domestic appliances, automotive components, and large liquid-crystal panels.

Yamaha Motor FA Section offers a unified range of solutions for robotic assembly, including single-axis robots, SCARA, cartesian, and articulated robots. Innovations such as the LCMR200 linear conveyor module; a smoother, space-saving and more versatile successor to conventional belt and roller conveyors continue to set the pace in factory automation. Core robotic technologies as well as key components and complete robot systems are all produced in-house, ensuring consistent quality and control over lead-times.

Headquartered in Neuss, Germany, Yamaha FA Section serves customers in all Europe.