September 10, 2013
Yaskawa Motoman has updated its graphic-based interface to Lincoln Electric's Power Wave® power sources. A Motoman® robot communicates welding information over an Ethernet network using Lincoln's ArcLink⪚ XT protocol. The updated interface addresses international compatibility by adding language files for Chinese, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Users can program weld parameters as work point/trim or amps/volts, along with up to four wave controls, with allowable limits displayed from the process library in the power source. Users also can program Lincoln's Production Monitoring™ process limits and define alarm and fault conditions from the robot’s touchscreen pendant display. Password protection has been added to different levels of control parameters for plant supervision.
The interface has expanded from 32 to 200 weld profiles within the power source. Weld data from each weld can be displayed on the teach pendant, communicated via PLC signals, and sent to a cloud database with Lincoln’s CheckPoint™ function.