Machine-Tending Robot Offers Heavy Payload

The MH280 II robot from Yaskawa Motoman is designed to eliminate the inconsistencies of a manual process, improving production quality and providing cost-savings benefits in metal, polymer, ceramic and composite applications.

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The MH280 II robot from Yaskawa Motoman is designed to eliminate the inconsistencies of a manual process, improving production quality and providing cost-savings benefits in metal, polymer, ceramic and composite applications. Offering a 280-kg payload, the robot is well-suited for machine-tending applications, and moment and inertia ratings also make it useful for material-handling and press-tending applications. In addition to boring, milling and grinding, the robot is suitable for “jigless” operations where it positions parts for processing by other robots or when two robots handle a single part.

The six-axis robot features a streamlined upper arm design that allows easier reach into confined spaces, improving application flexibility. Horizontal reach is 2,446 mm, and vertical reach is 2,962 mm. A large work envelope extends behind the robot, providing a wider range of motion that can increase the number of operations in a single cell and accommodating a range of big, heavy parts.

The MH280 II uses a DX200 controller that includes technology to easily handle multiple tasks and control as many as eight robots (72 axes), I/O devices and communication protocols. According to the company, it features a robust PC architecture and high memory capacity, faster processing speeds for smoother interpolation, advanced robot arm motion, built-in collision avoidance, quicker I/O response and accelerated Ethernet communication.