HC-Series Robots Facilitate Collaborative Welding for Increased Productivity


Dayton, OH — Specifically designed to add robotic welding capacity to current production, the six-axis HC10 and HC20 human-collaborative robots enable operation with, or in close proximity to human workers. Ideal for supplementing manual welding or for rolling up to large, heavy workpieces with its 1,379 mm reach, the 10-kg payload HC10 can be easily repurposed depending on production needs. The HC20 model offers even greater reach at 1,900 mm and an increased payload of 20 kg.

Meeting established safety standards (TUV-certified to ISO 13849-1; complies with ISO 10218-1 and ISO TS 15066), the HC-series robots feature Power and Force Limiting (PFL), where dual channel torque sensors in all joints constantly monitor force to quickly react. These robots also offer precision hand-guiding, facilitating easy programming for fast implementation of a robot system.

Designed with the utmost safety, the pinch-less HC10 and HC20 can operate without additional protective measures (risk assessment dependent) such as a safety fence, resulting in reduced cost and space requirements. Through-arm utilities hide cabling, including a Category 6 ethernet cable that enables communications for a wide variety of tooling options. This reduces the risk of snagging or interference with other equipment.

The highly repeatable HC10 or HC20 can easily shift between collaborative speed in PFL mode or full speed in industrial mode, optimizing cycle times based on risk assessment and process requirements. Robot path teaching can be accomplished by hand guiding, teach pendant, or jogging with an external device using I/O control. Built with cast aluminum for industrial durability, the HC10 and HC20 feature a rugged IP67 rating to reliably operate in harsh welding environments, as well as an easy-clean surface.

HC-series robots are compatible with Miller® Auto-Continuum™, Lincoln Power Wave® with ArcLink™, Fronius TPSi, and other brands or semi-automatic power sources with I/O control of the torch trigger switch. It is available with Yaskawa’s Universal Weldcom Interface (UWI) that enables full control of any compatible power source brand using a common interface, as well as a variety of third-party torches, tooling and accessories.

The HC10 and HC20 are controlled by the high-performance YRC1000 controller that is built to a global standard and does not require a transformer for input voltages ranging from 380VAC to 480VAC. With a highly compact cabinet (598 W x 490 H x 427 D mm), the YRC1000 uses a lightweight teach pendant with intuitive programming.

About Yaskawa Motoman
Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 600,000 Motoman® robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding. For more information please visit our website at www.motoman.com or call 937.847.6200.

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