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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 109772216, Entry date: 04/20/2020

SIMATIC Robot Integrator for YASKAWA - Getting Started

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This application example contains the programming of a YASKAWA robot with a SIMATIC S7-1500 using the function block library YASKAWA MotoLogix. The corresponding documentation explains stepwise how to set up the YASKAWA robot with TIA Portal using said function block library.

Industrial robots are becoming more and more popular. Nowadays, they are increasingly used in machines and plants. Their standardized mechanical system is fully developed and highly flexible in terms of the possible motions so that a robot has become the preferred choice over expensive special mechanical equipment. This allows production from lot size one upward even without expensive modifications to machines and plants.

Unfortunately, however, the plant control system and the robot controller are typically two different systems. Communication between the two controllers takes place mostly only at the bit level and the robot’s motion programs are permanently stored on the robot controller and can only be called by the plant control system. Therefore, it is relatively difficult to implement a flexible response of the robot to special plant events.

Furthermore, the programming of the plant control system and the one of the robot mostly differ to a great extent so that both systems can generally not be supported by one person. Interface and coordination problems are therefore inevitable. 

This application example shows how to use a SIMATIC S7-1500 controller to fully control and operate a YASKAWA industrial robot. To do this, the function block library "YASKAWA MotoLogix” is used in TIA Portal, which provides all the necessary function blocks. Communication between the SIMATIC S7-1500 controller and the Yaskawa industrial robot takes place via a PROFINET connection. All commands and status information between the SIMATIC controller and the robot are exchanged via this connection.

  Documentation (2,5 MB)
 Registrierung notwendig  Project for TIA Portal V15.1 (16,5 MB)

Note on the SIMATIC Robot Integrator
In addition to the Getting Started package published here, there is also a more extensive example, the SIMATIC Robot Integrator, which is free of charge. The SIMATIC Robot Integrator can be ordered via
 Support Request using the keyword "SIMATIC Robot Integrator for YASKAWA".

Last changes
09/2020 Updade
04/2020 first edition

Additional Keywords 
mxA, GSDML, GSD, GSD, decentral periphery, kinematic, teach in, point to point movement, PLCopen, sup_applications

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