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Yaskawa and Clearpath to Develop Mobile Machine Feeding Robot

Yaskawa Europe GmbH, Eschborn, Germany, and Clearpath Robotics Inc., Kitchener, Canada, have partnered to develop a mobile machine feeding and material movement solution ideal for shop floor environments. This fully integrated solution will feature a Motoman MH12 robot from Yaskawa equipped with end-of-arm tool and vision system, mounted on Clearpath's Otto 1500 self-driving vehicle. This project is currently under development and supported under the advanced research division of Clearpath.

A Motoman MH12 robot from Yaskawa is mounted on top of an Otto 1500 self-driving vehicle from Clearpath (© Yaskawa)

"Our partnership with Clearpath will provide the industry with a robust, tightly integrated solution for moving robots in a very flexible and dynamic way," said Roger Christian, divisional leader, new product development at Yaskawa Motoman. "This autonomous modular solution provides users with an alternative to the conventional usage of stationary robots."

"We're really excited to partner with Yaskawa to develop the future of mobile manipulation and collaborative robots," said Matt Rendall, chief executive officer at Clearpath. "Combining our cutting-edge self-driving industrial vehicles with Yaskawa's industry-leading robot arms will enable a new category of automation for machine feeding."

The MH12 robot features a 12 kg payload capacity, hollow wrist for reliable EOAT cable management and a 1,440 mm horizontal reach. Its versatile design provides higher speed, longer reach and increased payload over current mobile manipulator products offered by competitors.

The Otto 1500 offers a payload capacity of 3,300 lbs. and is built with industrial grade components to withstand the rigors of industrial environments. It is designed to increase throughput, reduce operating costs and remain flexible with the changing needs of material flow processes.

The solution will provide natural feature navigation, so there is no need to add guides or reflectors to the operating environment. Its modular and scalable design allows for a single system deployment that can grow in parallel to customers' increased business requirements. The system is reconfigurable to accommodate changing operational preferences and/or changing facility infrastructure. It is also easily redeployable between various processes due to increase or decrease in production volume.

This solution will be introduced at Automatica 2016 (Messe München, Munich, Germany) on June 21-24, 2016 and at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (McCormick Place, Chicago, IL/USA) on September 12-17, 2016. (ed.)

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YASKAWA Europe GmbH Robotics Division

Yaskawastr. 1
DE 85391 Allershausen
Tel.: 08166 90-0
Fax: 08166 90-103


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