- Fast and Easy InstallationThe compact controller (iCS) is fully integrated into a stylized base, minimizing footprint and less wiring with no flyover cable, and making the i4 effortless to install. The i4 also has the world’s first design of EtherCAT module, connected directly on the robot controller and arm, which allows users more flexibility in configuring the equipment.The i4 series will run on interactive software that will make it easier to users to program and use the robots.
- No Unpredicted DowntimeThe i4 is the world’s first SCARA robot with a built-in display designed to simplify troubleshooting and predictive maintenance. The i4 communicates with users to reduce unscheduled downtime, using a light ring and display embedded into the base that indicates the right operations to perform at the right times. The light rings serve as the world’s first robot “health” lighting indicator, informing users of its current mode, such as, “warranty update required.” With the new i4, manual checks and maintenance plans are no longer necessary, which can save opportunity loss.
- High-speed and High-accuracyOMRON’s new i4 has EtherCAT connectivity, which allows the i4 robots to easily communicate with other equipment in the production line. By synchronizing the i4 with OMRON’s devices such as controllers, vision sensors and servo motors, customers will benefit by establishing the most optimal production line with advanced speed and accuracy. This will enable complex assembly tasks that were not possible before.
- Satisfying Flexibility NeedsThe i4 SCARA family will meet various customer needs, optimizing the machine cost and overall performance and enable more flexible line expansions. In spring 2019, OMRON will introduce the first three models: the i4-650, i4-750 and i4-850, which have an arm reach of 650mm, 750mm and 850mm, respectively. The payload can hold up to 15kg, which is three times heavier than before. Customers also have a choice of two different Z-axis strokes (210mm and 410mm) for each robot.Special models will include the IP65, Clean Room ISO 4 (Class 10), ESD and models that use H1 grease — meeting the specific needs of various industries and applications. The i4 will also come with an inverted model with the same sophisticated design.
The launch of the i4 series is part of a larger OMRON strategic concept called the “innovative-Automation!” initiative, which aims to innovate the manufacturing environment. By introducing the new SCARA family, OMRON continues to pursue remarkable enhancements in labor-saving and productivity for the manufacturing industry.