Yamaha Motor Launches New LCM-X Linear Conveyor ModuleImproved Space Efficiency, Conveyance Accuracy, and Acceleration/Deceleration Performance
October 17, 2016
IWATA, October 17, 2016—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that it will launch the new LCM-X linear conveyor module from December 1, 2016, which is compatible with the newly-developed "Advanced Robotics Automation Platform" integrated control robot system. The LCM-X boasts space efficiency significantly higher than previous Yamaha Motor models*, and with significantly higher conveyance accuracy and acceleration/deceleration performance, it enables achieving more advanced automation of conveyance than ever before.
With its ability to achieve versatile and high value-added transport between processes thanks to its modular structure and linear motor powered, high-speed direct drive, the LCM-X will be the successor to the LCM100.
The fact that this model supports the new "Advanced Robotics Automation Platform" integrated control robot system means that a single integrated controller can centrally control every slider movement during transport processes, including circular movements. The LCM-X can also be connected and controlled in sync in every process with one of Yamaha Motor's 2-axis models for more complex movements which are normally only possible with cartesian 3-axis robots.
Its all-new structure complete with a newly-developed linear motor, sensor module, and built-in motor driver integrated into the body has almost halved both the module height and the pitch between sliders compared to existing models, as well as improving the acceleration/deceleration speed and repeatability.
Additionally, the motors are the ones with absolute encoders, making origin return operation unnecessary. User-friendliness has also been enhanced by slider ID recognition throughout the entire operational area; a top-side full cover to protect the guide rails, motor, and sensor from falling objects; a connection unit that achieves one-touch physical positioning and electrical connection of each module, etc.
*Compared to the LCM100
LCM-X linear conveyor module
December 1, 2016
3,000 units (first full year from release, both within Japan and internationally)
Market Background and Product Outline
As monozukuri sites are increasingly manufacturing diverse products in varied amounts due to shorter product life cycles, higher efficiency is also demanded of transport processes. Against this background, we began the development, before its launch in 2013, of the LCM100 linear conveyor module, which achieves more flexible transport, greater advancement, and higher efficiency than conventional belt conveyors or roller conveyors. In response to requests for a model that achieves even shorter transport time and a smaller footprint, we then developed the LCM-X, which achieves narrower-pitched, more precise and flexible transport between processes.
From industrial robots to controllers, Yamaha Motor's lineup of products to powerfully support the automation of production sites is rich in variation. Yamaha Motor builds on these strengths to pursue greater efficiency and quality in increasingly complex, diverse, and high-speed production sites.
LCM-X Main Changes
1) Central, synchronized, and cooperative control via an integrated controller compatible with the Advanced Robotics Automation Platform
The fact that this model supports the "Advanced Robotics Automation Platform" means that a single integrated controller can centrally control every slider movement, including circular movements, allowing for a smaller footprint and saving on cabling.
Its all-new structure complete with a newly-developed linear motor, sensor module, and built-in motor driver integrated into the body has almost halved both the module height and the pitch between sliders compared to existing models, as well as significantly improving the acceleration/deceleration speed and stoppage accuracy.
2) Slider position detection
The newly-developed high-precision full-range absolute sensor eliminates the need for origin return, allowing the user to carry out start, stop, and return operation with ease. The ID of each slider can also be detected at any position during transport processes.
3) Streamlined design and ease of installation
The top side features a cover to protect the guide rails, motor, and sensor to prevent potential falling objects during any operation processes from causing malfunction. Additionally, the connection unit enables physical positioning and electrical connection of each module in one-touch operation, achieving simplified installation including the joining of multiple modules.
Moving-magnet cored linear motor
Machine difference between robot sliders
Full-range absolute position detection sensor, and full-range slider ID detection
Maximum cross-section external dimensions
W178 x H85 mm (including robot slider)
Linear module length
200 to 1,000 mm (per module) by 100 mm
Robot slider length
Approx. 25 m *Depends on system configuration
Maximum number of robot sliders
64 units *Depends on system configuration
Minimum pitch between robot sliders
DC 48 V*Requires separate power supply unit for YHX controller