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Epson Robots Launches Force Guide, Synthis Robot at Pack Expo

Force Guide helps Epson robots be more precise. Source: Epson Robots

October 15, 2018      

CHICAGO — Today at Pack Expo here, Epson Robots, the No. 1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world, announced the new high-performance Force Guide integrated force-guidance solution, which it said takes robot automation to the next level with amazing precision and outstanding rigidity.

In addition, the company announced the expansion of its award-winning T-series with the SynthisTM T6 all-in-one SCARA robot.

Force Guide features

Epson® Force Guide is a tightly integrated force-control system that allows Epson Robots to sense and make precision moves using force-feedback data. Powered by proprietary Epson Quartz Technology, it enables Epson robots to detect six axes of force with precision down to 0.1 N.

Driven by real-time servo system integration, Force Guide delivers fast, tactile feedback to guide robots for high-precision parts placement.

Designed for easy configuration and setup, the Epson Force Guide integrated solution features a point-and-click interface with preconfigured solutions and built-in objects, reducing the development time for applications that require high precision. It is perfect for tasks such as part insertion, screw driving, grinding/polishing, and more.

“Force Guide is a revolutionary force-control system that is opening up possibilities for robot automation in areas that were not possible before,” said Gregg Brunnick, director of product management at Epson Robots. “It enables robots to tackle applications with high-precision or high-performance motion-guidance requirements, making it a great fit for a wide range of high-precision applications.”

Key features:

  1. Powerful performance ― integrated force-control system driven by proprietary Quartz Technology from Epson
  2. Ultra precise ― detects force and adjusts motion with amazing precision ― down to 0.1 N
  3. Superior rigidity ― durable sensor built to withstand excessive force
  4. Fast robot/force-guidance response ― internal sensor with real-time servo system integration
  5. Point-and-click setup ― easy-to-use interface with graphical wizards, charts, and more
  6. Fast, easy implementation ― helps reduce the amount of coding with decision-based flowcharts and intelligent objects
  7. Real-time monitoring and data logging of force feedback ― for quality control
  8. Multi-axis force/torque sensor ― includes three linear and three rotational measurement axes
  9. Easy setup and configuration ― fully integrated into the Epson RC+® development environment
  10. Simplify common force-guidance applications ― perfect for tasks such as screw driving, part insertion, grinding/polishing and more

Synthis expands T-Series SCARA line

Epson Robots also announced the Synthis T6 SCARA robot. It said the new robot offers the perfect way to automate factories without wasting time or money on expensive, complex, slide-based solutions.

Epson T6 robot

Epson’s new T6 SCARA robot. Source: Epson Robotics

Available at the low price of $9,495, this innovative alternative installs in minutes and virtually eliminates any space-constraint issues. It is available now and will be showcased this week at Booth N4704 in McCormick Place in Chicago.

Similar to the Synthis T3 all-in-one SCARA robot announced at last year’s Pack Expo, the T6 is ideal for simple applications such as pick and place, assembly, parts handling, and dispensing applications in industries ranging from automotive and medical development, to lab automation, consumer electronics, electronic components and industrial.

It features the all-in-one design with built-in controller (conveniently housed in the robot base) and power for end-of-arm tooling, runs at 110V or 220V, and requires no encoder battery, minimizing factory downtime for maintenance.

As a result of the T3 success, the T6 expands the line up to include payloads of up to 6kg, longer reach of up to 600mm, and the ability to handle multiple tools. The T3 won the Vision Systems Design 2018 Innovators Awards and is offered at the low cost of $7,495.

“Following the tremendous success we have had with the T3, we are bringing to market the T6 to meet the need of customers requiring larger payloads,” said Brunnick. “The T6 is another powerful, low-cost automation solution designed for easy integration, which helps lower the total cost of ownership versus current products for manufacturers and system integrators.”

“Since it includes the same intuitive Epson RC+ software and powerful features we incorporate in our high-end robots, we are giving users both the power and simplicity required for their applications,” he added.

To learn more about the Synthis T6 All-in-One SCARA Robot, please visit www.epson.com/T6.

Key features:

  • Easy to install; fast integration — installs in minutes, unlike expensive, complex linear-slide systems; requires less time and money for system integration
  • All-in-one solution — includes built-in controller with power for end-of-arm tooling in one space-saving design
  • Full featured; ultra low cost — includes the same powerful features found in Epson’s high-end robots at an affordable price
  • Built-in controller — saves critical workspace with the controller conveniently housed in the robot’s base
  • Easy to use — intuitive and feature-packed Epson RC+® development software makes it easy to create powerful solutions
  • Powerful arm design — 600 mm reach, up to 6 kg payload and multi-tool capable
  • Comes standard with 110 V and 220 V power — low wattage and power consumption (no special panel or plug required)
  • Built-in power for end-of-arm tooling — eliminates the need for an external power source
  • Integrated options — vision, designed specifically for robot guidance; plus, field-bus interface solutions; Epson RC+ 7.0 API software for open-platform functionality; teach pendants; and customizable GUIs
  • No battery required for encoder — minimizes downtime and reduces overall cost of ownership

About Epson Robots

Epson Robots is a global leader in PC-controlled precision factory automation, with an installed base of well over 65,000 robots worldwide and a product line of hundreds of models of easy-to-use SCARA, Cartesian, and six-axis robots based on a common PC-based platform.

Building on a heritage of more than 25 years, Epson Robots today delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries. For more information, visit www.epsonrobots.com.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches, and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables, and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Epson Group has more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world, and it is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America Inc. in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit Epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.