Yaskawa Electric positions industrial robots as robots to carry out tasks, and develops them.
In 2013, the worldwide volume of industrial robots shipped exceeded 170,000 units and now 1,300,000 robots are in operation throughout the world. These robots play prominent roles in every industrial field including welding, handling, assembly, and painting, as well as handling, and transfer, etc., in clean rooms for liquid crystal and organic EL displays, semiconductor manufacturing, and so on.
Recently, robots have expanded in appeal and presence in not only industrial but also other fields by advancing speed, accuracy improvement, response to complex movements, and strengthening of safety functions toward coexistence with humans. The development of robots actively participating in fields closer to humans will continue to advance in the future.
An industrial robot consists of “manipulator” which moves and performs tasks, “controller” which actuates and controls the manipulator, and “programming pendant” which teaches the manipulator movement. Yaskawa Electric develops and produces all these core components.