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The History of Motoman Controllers

   

/motoman Robot ControllerThe Motoman robot controller, which is basically the brain of any Motoman robot, has taken many different forms since the first one was produced in 1977. Through the years, the technology and shape of the cabinet has changed, but one thing has remained the same – Motoman controllers are just as reliable as they were over 30 years ago, and they will keep your robot running smoothly for decades.

It all started in 1977 with the Yasnac RB, a controller that was paired with the first Motoman robot, the Motoman L10, and could only program 250 positions, let alone multiple axes, and the teach pendant was completely separate from the controller. Integration would come later -- this was just the beginning.

From 1980 to 1998, there were several other Yasnac robot controller models for Motoman, including the ERC and MRC controllers. Then, in 1998, the Motoman XRC was introduced, a controller still widely in use today. This model of Motoman controller could control up to 27 axes and was originally paired with the Motoman UP series of robots. The XRC controller from Motoman also introduced a Windows interface, which made the teach pendant more user-friendly.

The next controller from Motoman showed up in 2004, with the Motoman NX100. This controller could control 36 axes, an improvement from the XRC, and could be used for several series, including the EA, EPL, ES, HP and PX series of robots. From there, the DX100 was introduced, a Motoman controller that could control double the axes of the NX100. And finally, there is the FS100, a Motoman compact robotic controller that runs 2-4 times faster than the model before it.

As mentioned above, Motoman continues to innovate with its new controller designs. Of course, there is no need to discredit older versions. The ERC, MRC, NX100, XRC and DX100 are still in operation in factories all over the world and are available to purchase with used Motoman robot packages.

Interested in a new or used Motoman robot package complete with a Motoman controller? If so, contact RobotWorx, a certified integrator for Motoman Robotics. Our staff will work with you to get the right system for the right price.

For more information, contact RobotWorx today at 740-251-4312.

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