Surface mounters are industrial robots that are designed to mount electronic components onto printed circuit boards used in various electric and electronic products, including the electrical components for smartphones and automobiles. Yamaha Motor has a full lineup of industrial robots, comprising single-axis robots, cartesian robots, SCARA robots, multi-axis vertically articulated robots, and linear
conveyor modules, which are used in a variety of manufacturing processes including conveyance, supply, assembly, and inspection.
Background of the Business
Yamaha Motor began research and development of industrial robots in 1974 to streamline the production of its motorcycles and improve manufacturing precision. In 1976, the Company introduced SCARA robots in-house to assemble parts on its motorcycle production lines, and in 1981 entered the industrial robot business. In 1987, the Company began marketing surface mounters, the cumulative production
of which had reached 50,000 units by March 2020.
Current Business and Market Conditions
Surface mounters, Yamaha Motor’s core product in this business segment, are high-speed modular units that boast superior mounting speed in both standalone applications and multiple-unit configurations.
Yamaha Motor commands the largest market share for generalpurpose surface mounters. Using a “one-stop smart solution” concept, we are enhancing our lineup of surface mounters to respond to changes in market needs—from large-volume, high-speed production to production of multiple models with high versatility, while also handling component storage systems, printers, dispensers, and inspection equipment as the industry’s leading full lineup manufacturer of mounting equipment, with a business that promotes higher efficiency, increased autonomy, and labor savings in the mounting workplace.
Yamaha stands out for its full lineup of industrial robots, from single-axis robots to multi-axis vertically articulated robots. These robots are used in a broad range of areas, including the automotive, electric and electronic, and food industries, and are making major
contributions to the automation of manufacturing processes.