Yaskawa Motoman introduces MLX300 integration software for robots and PLCs

October 162017
Yaskawa Motoman introduces MLX300 integration software for robots and PLCs

October 16, 2017— The MLX300 software option is the newest generation of integration for Yaskawa robots and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).

The MLX300 enables operators to control and program Yaskawa robots in a standard PLC programming environment, eliminating the need to learn a specific robot programming language. All program execution is performed by the PLC; the motion control is handled by the superior kinematic algorithms of the Yaskawa robot controller. Supported PLCs include CompactLogix, ControlLogix and GuardLogix.

This “unified controls” approach is intended to simplify safety design by eliminating redundant electrical interfaces and consolidating hardware to optimize floorspace. Its single controller, single programming environment typically requires a single programmer to implement an application. In addition, familiarity of the controls among maintenance technicians allows faster troubleshooting and quicker plant acceptance.

A comprehensive set of robust Add-On-Instructions (AOIs) and HMI screens that are specific to robot configuration and motion control is included. AOIs are easy programming tools that completely control the robot’s configuration, motion and state of operation (such as jogging, setting tools, user frames, interference zones, shifts, changing system states and commanding joint/linear motion). Operator station HMI software is available for the Allen-Bradley PanelView display and pendant HMI software is available for the Allen-Bradley MobileView or Pro-face GP4000.

The MLX300 software option is compatible with any Yaskawa DX200 material handling robot or YRC1000 GP-series robot. A combination of up to four robots and positioners can be connected to a single MLX300 system. Functional Safety Unit (FSU) is available. 

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