Yamaha develops new IIoT automation platform

Enables integrated control of robot products

The new IoT enabled Yamaha automation platform - image courtesy of Yamaha
A diagram representation of the new IoT enabled Yamaha automation platform - image courtesy of Yamaha

Yamaha has launched its new Advanced Robotics Automation Platform, which it hopes will allow the low cost construction of automated manufacturing lines through a significantly greater unity with the IoT.

The new platform from the Japanese manufacturing giant offers a simpler IoT enabled mechanism to control a robot workforce.  The company said the platform offers a completely renewed lineup of the robotic products used in a variety of automated processes including: transfer, handling, assembly and image recognition, as well as the control of peripheral devices.

The Advanced Robotics Automation Platform also provides new robot products such as single-axis robots, SCARA robots, linear conveyor modules, cameras with built-in image processing capability, and controllers.

The new products are among the 91 models and 220 individual variants which will go on sale from December 1, 2016.

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The platform allows the integrated control of Yamaha robot products and peripheral devices with one controller, which is set to bring significant benefits in terms of simplifying the design of automated production lines as well as cutting costs and improving space efficiency. Previously control of its robots and peripheral devices meant Yamaha had to install one controller for each robot or device.

This new integrated controller allows comprehensive coordination and synchronous control of an entire Yamaha automated system.

The newly-developed Advanced Robotics Automation Platform means that Yamaha can offer a rapid resolution of issues in the manufacturing process and hopes the platform will help maximise automation investment.

Implementing its new Advanced Robotics Automation Platform and creating a controller that is supported by hundreds of devices, the development allows Yamaha to address the problem that IoT poses where one device may not work with another or AI devices may not work with a specific application or platform.

Yamaha hopes the new platform will allow it to attract new customers, including businesses that are looking to start their industrial IoT developments in the next few years.