Yaskawa Motoman Introduces Injection Molding Machine Software

Operators can interact and control the robot by using an event-driven paradigm and language that is familiar to them.

Dayton, OH — SPI Pendant is an easy-to-use graphical interface for Motoman robots utilized in the plastic injection molding industry. It provides the ability to quickly create and modify programs without knowledge of Yaskawa Motoman's proprietary INFORM robot programming language. A "Setup Wizard" leads users through a series of configuration options for robots, conveyors, de-gating stations and more. The icon-driven interface allows users to develop program flow without robot programming.


Operators can interact and control the robot by using an event-driven paradigm and language that is familiar to them. By looking at the robot program as a series of events, the operators are better able to understand and modify it as needed. It is no longer about how to program a robot; it becomes how to improve the tending operation.

Programs are created by defining a sequence of easy-to-understand job actions. For actions requiring robot motion, the robot is jogged into position and the location is recorded. Once a list of program actions is complete, the SPI Pendant Interface generates a robot program in Yaskawa Motoman's native INFORM language. The robot program can be started and controlled from the SPI Pendant Interface without navigating to other pendant screens. Its I/O interface uses standard EuroMap 67 or EuroMap 12 format (optional hardware interface available). Customization is available.

The interface supports multiple robots, external axes, grippers, conveyor/drop locations and de-gating stations. Features include a production data screen, built-in mold warm-up option, part stacking option and three levels of security.

The SPI Pendant Interface may be used with select DX200 robots. The DX100 controller is also compatible with a pendant upgrade to .NET 3.5 compact framework.

About Yaskawa Motoman
Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 300,000 Motoman robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding.

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