Yaskawa’s focal theme Industrie 4 at the HANNOVER MESSE - Into the future with “i3-Mechatronics”

At this year’s Hanover Trade fair Japanese technology group Yaskawa (Hall 17, Stand B24) will be firing the starting signal for its global Industrie 4.0 concept “i³-Mechatronics”. This integrative approach includes “Best in Class” products such as robots, drive and control technology, together with specially developed software solutions that can be used in integrated, intelligent and innovative ways. The backbone of the concept is the completely newly developed YASKAWA Cockpit software platform.

With the i³-Mechatronics solution concept Yaskawa combines classical mechatronics, information and communication technology with digital solutions such as artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things. “i3” stands for integrated – intelligent – innovative.

New Industrie 4.0 YASKAWA Cockpit software platform

Relevant process and system data is merged via standard interfaces such as OPC UA and HTTP directly into the new central “YASKAWA Cockpit” software platform, where it can be analysed and clearly visualised. The current status of each machine is simultaneously mapped in real time and correlated with other data sources, e.g. for coordinated predictive maintenance. The data can also be easily transformed in conformance with the strictest safety standards to existing ERP, MES, Big Data or AI environments, to enable sound production-relevant decisions on this basis.

Industrial robot in Industrie 4.0 environments

In the digital environment, at the HANNOVER MESSE Yaskawa will also be unveiling the latest automation solutions with Motoman industrial robots, for example in the form of a virtual welding portal that can be experienced with the aid of 3D glasses.

As a further highlight, two Motoman HC10 robots equipped with HRC grippers and automatic screw-driving units in HRC design will be assembling bottle openers in a show cell as a give-away to stand visitors. These hybrid robots with a range of 1.2 m and a payload of 10 kg can be employed both as normal industrial robots or collaborating robots. The system is controlled by a Vipa touch panel from Yaskawa and equipped with special, new safety foot mats.

HC stands for “Human Collaborative” (Human-Robot-Collaboration, HRC). The HC10 ensures the required safety in direct contact with the operator by means of sophisticated sixfold force and torque monitoring. Yaskawa’s Motoman HC10 not only complies with the requirements of the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Its YRC1000 controller with FSU and PFL circuit board also meets the performance level (PL) d Category 3 according to DIN EN ISO 13849-1 and thus exceeds standard specifications.

Yaskawa at HANNOVER MESSE: Hall 17, Stand B24