Yaskawa Starts Selling Its PL800 Palletizing Robot in North and South American Markets

Yaskawa released the PL Series in 2020 to complete "end of line packaging and distribution center automation."


Yaskawa's PL Series includes 4 robot models.

Yaskawa Motoman has begun selling its PL800 palletizing robot in the North and South American markets, according to Jennifer Katchmar, senior marketing communications specialist at Yaskawa. 

The robot was designed for “palletizing applications, layer picking, and other logistical tasks for end-of-line or distribution automation,” according to the company. The PL800 features an 800 kg (1,763 lb.) payload capacity, a horizontal reach of 3,159 mm (124 in.), and a vertical reach of 3,024 mm (119 in.).   

Yaskawa said the robot’s high payload capacity and “large work envelope” help it carry a variety of packages, including boxes, bags, bottles, and cases.  

“The robot’s parallel-link structure provides it with strength, rigidity, and stabilization of heavy loads,” the company added. “The T-axis features a 100 mm pass-through to facilitate easy connections to the end-of-arm tool, as well as high allowable moment of inertia to ensure unbalanced loads are handled effectively without compromising speed or performance.”

Yaskawa's PL Series was created for palletizing applications. The robots' payloads range from 80 to 800 kg (176 to 1,763 lb), according to the company. Models include the PL80, the PL190, the PL320, and the PL800. 

The PL Series was designed to be used for palletizing applications. Source: Yaskawa 

How is it controlled? 

The robot is IP54-rated and is operated using a YRC1000 controller. Kitakyushu, Japan-based Yaskawa said the controller is capable of operating without a transformer at input voltages from volts electrical pressure of alternating currents (VAC) ranging from 380 VAC to 480 VAC.

The controller is connected to the robot using a single cable, which the company said helps make the installation process easier and drives down costs. Airlines and cables are routed internally from the base to the end-of-arm tool to maximize reliability, and a cable installation tube facilitates fieldbus routing to the upper arm and/or gripper.

“With a highly compact cabinet (598 W x 490 H x 427 D mm), the YRC1000 uses a lightweight teach pendant with intuitive programming,” it added.

The PL800 is available with Yaskawa’s PalletSolver software for offline creation of palletizing patterns for a mix of SKUs, enabling faster work cell deployment for even the most complex patterns, the company said. 

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Yaskawa's PL Series includes 4 robot models.

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