At the world's leading robotics trade fair "Automatica", Yaskawa surprised the trade audience with the presentation of its 30-kg cobot: Its very high payload predestines the new Motoman HC30PL especially for palletizing applications without protective fences.
Yaskawa was already able to successfully implement numerous cobot palletizing applications with its predecessor model HC20DTP. Now the manufacturer is expanding its portfolio with a special cobot palletizer: the HC30PL. With an even higher maximum payload of 30 kg, it can take on heavy picking tasks in warehouses (palletizing and depalletizing) that are really laborious and hazardous to employees' health.
The robot's long reach reaches every point of the pallet and allows a stacking height of 2 m on a standard Euro pallet. A safety fence is not required thanks to the safe operation, so the robot can be easily integrated into existing environments in a space-saving way, despite people and forklift traffic. When using an additional floor scanner that detects the distance between the human and the robot, the working speed can be adapted to the situation and the robot can reach its full speed up to 2 m/s - benefiting the cycle time.
Easy programming on the Smart Pendant
Yaskawa also simplifies programming with the advanced "Smart Pendant" operator interface. The newly developed Smart Pattern Wizard software guides the operator through the individual steps to create different palletizing patterns. Using a few reference points and pattern information, the Wizard creates the robot program, which can then continue to be conveniently edited in the Wizard. Those who prefer to use traditional programming as well as professional tools can also do so via the Teach Pendant as well as the comprehensive PalletSolver software.
Fast commissioning with the Yaskawa Ecosystem
Due to its standard connection flange, common in the cobot world, as well as its media cables (inputs, outputs, Ethernet and two air lines) routed in the arm, equipping the robot with grippers and accessories has never been easier. Components from all leading suppliers are available for the HC30PL. The prerequisite for this is Yaskawa's "Ecosystem" partner product program introduced in 2022: an online network of various peripheral products and complete systems, primarily for cobot palletizing.
In addition to numerous partner products, the Yaskawa Robotics Ecosystem also includes Yaskawa products such as drives, linear axes or software packages. The main focus is on plug&play solutions that are available as a package with complete mechanical, electrical and software integration and can be integrated immediately. Currently, there are already more than 110 products to choose from.