Omron: SCARA robot

Omron launches the i4 SCARA robot designed to communicate through EtherCAT, enabling synchronization between other automation devices. This facilitates advanced assembly, inserting, and mounting processes that require high accuracy and demanding throughput, as well as ensured quality control with vision integration.

i4 SCARA robot
i4 SCARA robot

Also, i4 visualizes working data and supervises its status with the world’s first built-in signals for preventive maintenance, allowing users to mitigate unplanned downtime. In keeping with Omron’s mission to innovate based on social need like the above, the features of the i4 makes it possible for this new SCARA line to meet the demands of mass customization, allowing manufacturers to produce high mixes of products at low volume to offer a wider array of goods to people.

Main Features

1. Fast and Easy Installation
The compact controller (iCS) is fully integrated into a stylized base, minimizing footprint and less wiring with no flyover cable, and making the i4 effortless to install. The i4 also has the world’s first design of EtherCAT module, connected directly on the robot controller and arm, which allows users more flexibility in configuring the equipment. The i4 series will run on interactive software that will make it easier to users to program and use the robots.

2. No Unpredicted Downtime
The i4 is the world’s first SCARA robot with a built-in display designed to simplify troubleshooting and predictive maintenance. The i4 communicates with users to reduce unscheduled downtime, using a light ring and display embedded into the base that indicates the right operations to perform at the right times. The light rings serve as the world’s first robot “health” lighting indicator, informing users of its current mode, such as, “warranty update required.” With the new i4, manual checks and maintenance plans are no longer necessary, which can save opportunity loss.

3. High-speed and High-accuracy
Omron’s new i4 has EtherCAT connectivity, which allows the i4 robots to easily communicate with other equipment in the production line. By synchronizing the i4 with Omron’s devices such as controllers, vision sensors and servo motors, customers will benefit by establishing the most optimal production line with advanced speed and accuracy. This will enable complex assembly tasks that were not possible before.

4. Satisfying Flexibility Needs
The i4 SCARA family will meet various customer needs, optimizing the machine cost and overall performance and enable more flexible line expansions. In spring 2019, Omron will introduce the first three models: the i4-650, i4-750 and i4-850, which have an arm reach of 650mm, 750mm and 850mm, respectively. The payload can hold up to 15kg, which is three times heavier than before. Customers also have a choice of two different Z-axis strokes (210mm and 410mm) for each robot.

Special models will include the IP65, Clean Room ISO 4 (Class 10), ESD and models that use H1 grease – meeting the specific needs of various industries and applications. The i4 will also come with an inverted model with the same sophisticated design.

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