EPSON Robots primary products are both SCARA (4 axis) robots and Standard Articulating (6 axis) robots. They have over 350 models of SCARA robots from small reach and payload/high accuracy models like the 3-micron repeatable G1 robot, up to the 2OKG payload, 1000mm reach G20. The 6 axis robots are 4, 8 and 12 kg up to 1.4 meters reach. EPSON has some unique robot models in the industry including the VT6L economical 6 axis robot and the N series vertical folding arm 6 axis. EPSON also has long believed in programming robots with software, their RC+ software is easy to learn and makes connectivity to other integrated systems much easier. Every year they add more integrated options available to use with their robots and software including, their CV2 robot vision guidance, Intelli-flex -flex feeder, force guidance, Cobot safety scanner interface. EPSON robots are an excellent choice for ease of use in robotics, mixing of SCARA and 6 axis types and the benefits of a working with a progressive company who is always coming out with new latest robotics products and integrated options.
EPSON Robotics is a division of the $10B Seiko EPSON Corporation headquartered in Suwa Nagano Japan. The EPSON robotics division headquarters in the USA is located in Los Alamitos CA. they also have a support facility in Indianapolis IN. EPSON began in robotics developing a SCARA robot as means of assembly for their own Seiko watch manufacturing. Now, nearly 40 years since then, EPSON has become a well-known brand in the robotics industry specializing in robotics applications where high speed and accuracy are required. Recently, EPSON has been adding products with greater reach, payload, and economy as well as more integrated options such as vision guidance, force guidance, flex feeding, and co-bot safety scanner interfaces. EPSON robot products are very easy to use and based on the highly evolved software programming. They offer a wide product range in robot sizes, duty cycles, and price ranges as well as integrated options.
EPSON robots are used in a wide variety of applications and settings to help in production and QC while lowering overall production costs. EPSON robotics has hundreds of different lines of robots that come in all shapes and sizes for any sized production facility. Due to this massive amount of configurable and programmable robot lines, EPSON is considered the #1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world.
EPSON robotics have been in use throughout many trades and production projects. The packaging industry utilizes the reach and payload capacities of EPSON robot arms to pack products into containers and QC the product for any defects. The solar panel industry is rife with delicate materials that go into their finished product. EPSON robots have been handling solar panel materials with kid gloves for many years within the production arm of the industry. The food industry also uses EPSON for fast disinfecting of product and visual QC as the product speeds along the line at high speeds.
Selective Compliant Assembly Robot Arms (SCARA) operate on four axes (straight, sideways, up/down, and rolling), while six-axis robots operate on six (straight, sideways, rolling, rotation, and pitch). This difference makes six-axis robots more flexible, especially for applications that require complex multi-axis motions.
SCARA robots are primarily used for pick-and-place applications, while six-axis robots are used in painting, welding, assembly, material handling, and machine loading operations.
Please read this article for more information on SCARA robots, six-axis robots, and how to choose the best one for your facility. If you have questions, please contact one of our experts.
All EPSON robots operate on SPEL—EPSON’s proprietary software. This software features over 450 common code functions and is easy to learn for beginners.
Schneider & Company offers spring and fall SPEL programming classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners. Please visit our events page to stay updated on when we’re offering these classes.
The type of end-of-arm tooling/end effectors you’ll need will vary based on your application. Most manufacturers will need more than one type of tooling.
For example, if you’re using your EPSON robot for drilling, cutting, painting, or welding, you’ll need several process end effectors. You can view this guide for more information on the various types of end-of-arm tooling and how to select the right one.
If your robot is expected to handle multiple processes and applications, consider getting a tool changer system, which allows your robot to switch tooling rapidly.
Schneider & Company is also capable of creating custom tooling for unique applications. Please contact us today if you have questions about end-of-arm tooling or need help designing a custom option.
A good standard to follow when considering self-integration is: