Category Archive: Guide

Oct
02

Technical Tip: CC link IE Field Basic Network Guide

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With recent trends of IOT (Internet of Things), network connection of devices and equipment for small-scale systems are becoming more mainstream. CC-Link IE Field Network Basic realises easier network integration, as its cyclic communications stack is software-based, without requiring a dedicated ASIC helping to reduce implementation costs for device partners. Mitsubishi Electric is launching CC-Link IE Field Network Basic compatible products to further leverage networking on the production floor.

Video Technical Guide links Steps 1 to 4

  1. Features: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG255qEYPK8
  2. System Configuration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I71L58L_ONo
  3. Settings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8zxepBmCmU
  4. Operation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp33iaJ2V48

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Apr
24

Technical Tip – FX5U (IQ-F) built in High Speed Counter Function

FX5U (IQ-F) built in High Speed Counter Function.

 

 

If you are having troubles setting up high speed counters, you can follow this Mitsubishi guide

as the programming is somewhat different to an FX3 PLC.

PLCs of the FX range have historically allowed high speed signals (faster than the scan time)

to be connected to a group of the PLCs inputs. Whilst it is still possible to use equivalents of

the traditional high speed counter functions C235 to C255, LC35 to LC 55, similar functions

are available using the HIOEN function. The advantages of this instruction are that it uses a

parameterisation approach, uses Special Registers and Special Relays for its internal

resources, saving programming and reducing use of other resources.

This example shows the steps needed to enable a high speed counter function using CH1,

which is the hardware input X0.

 

CLICK HERE to download this technical tip.

 

 

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Feb
21

Mitsubishi MELFA Robots

Mitsubishi MELFA range of advanced MELFA robots offer speed, accuracy and compact design as well as long life as well as  delivering class leading benefits for small-medium robot applications.

Producing a comprehensive range of robot models to cater to the full spectrum of modern needs, all Mitsubishi Electric robots are powerful, fast and compact.

The product range includes the almost universal articulated-arm robots with 6 degrees of freedom and payloads of 2 kg to 20 kg and SCARA robots with 4 degrees of freedom and payloads of 3 kg to 70 kg for assembly and palletising tasks.

There are 2 special high-precision robots that are unique, with their parallel arm structure for very fast micro handling tasks with payloads of 1 kg to 5 kg as well as the flexible high-speed SCARA robot for ceiling mounting.

It is no longer enough for industrial robots to simply perform a single task with consumer needs evolving quicker than ever. Demands for robots with the capacity and flexibility to readily take on more sophisticated tasks is what the industry is now demanding. If you are looking  for intelligent solutions and a simpler approach to flexible and advanced production then the MELFA-FR Series provides this.

MELFA SafePlus features safe and collaborative work applications and allows robots and people to work together providing high speed and performance and high levels of safety. FA-IT Integration Functions alongside Mitsubishi Automation products provide high levels of functionality performance and ease of use which in turn supports next generation manufacturing.

MELFA Robots – RV Series – Vertical Robot

 

 

The RV-series offers a highly-dynamic 6-axle articulated robot for a high degree of quality. Cycle times of only 0.32 seconds increase their productivity and thus enable their use in systems at very high speeds. The double-arm structure not only provides a plus in terms of freedom of movement, but also more stability and versatility. Depending on the model, the robots are fitted with two to 70 kilograms load at ranges from 504 to 2055 millimeters. Work in very confined spaces,even with wall or ceiling installation, is no problem for the RV-series. All systems up to 20 kg have the same compact robot controller .

In addition, all systems are fitted from the factory with built-in Ethernet, USB, tracking, camera and additional axle connections, as well as manual inputs/outputs, and therefore run with an availability of over 99.9 %.

Highlights

  • Increase your productivity: Cycle times of up to 0.32 seconds with accuracy of up to ± 0.02 mm
  • Flexible workspace: Range 504 to 2055 mm with spherical workspace – also behind the robot.
  • Your protection for harsh environments: IP67 as standard
  • Hygiene: Internal cable routing of all cables and pneumatic lines, clean-room model (ISO-level III) available
  • Connectors: Pneumatic and electrical grippers, Ethernet, USB, camera interface and two encoder connections and up to 8 additional external axles as standard, optional I/O and field bus expansion cards. Direct Connection via Ethernet to GOT HMI and teaching box.
  • Configuration: As a complete system with robot and controller or PLC module for full PLC-functionality of the robot on the iQ Platform
  • Teaching box : Full graphic R56TB with touch screen or R32TB

The RV-FR series offers 3 additional features: “Next-generation intelligent functions”, “Safe, collaborative work applications”, and “FA-IT integration functions”.

Horizonal type Robot – RH Series

 

 

The RH Series, which in SCARA class provides excellence in 0.29 seconds, with fast palletizing and targeted re-sort.  The product range includes the entry-level model RH-3F(R)H to work with up to 3 kg, the power pack RH-6F(R)H with a maximum of 6 kg load capacity, the RH-12F(R)H with 12 kg load capacity and the top model RH-20F(R)H with 20 kilograms load capacity and a range of up to 1000 mm.  All variants are available as a complete system or as an easy to integrate module for full PLC-functionality of the robot on the Mitsubishi Electric iQ platform.

Due to the drastic extension of its swivelling range, the robot easily achieves any position within its workspace.  This is due to the extremely low cycle times of the RH Series which in turn provides exceptional flexibility.

Highlights

  • Increase your productivity: Cycle times of up to 0.29 seconds with accuracy of up to 0.01 mm
  • Maximize your reach: 350 up to 1000 mm range, 150 to 340 mm spindle length
  • optimum protection: IP54 as standard, optional IP65 sealed enclosure
  • Hygiene: Food grade grease as standard (from RH-6FH) or clean-room model (ISO-level III) available. To this end, all signal and pneumatic cables are already inboard
  • Connectors: Pneumatic and electrical grippers, Ethernet, USB, camera interface and two encoder connections as well as up to 8 additional external axles, optional I/O and field bus expansion cards. Direct Connection: via Ethernet to the ASAT-operating terminals.
  • Configuration: As a complete system with robot and controller or PLC module for full PLC-functionality of the robot on the iQ Platform
  • Teaching box: Full graphic R56TB with touch screen or R32TB

 

 The RH-FR series offers 3 additional features: “Next-generation intelligent functions”, “Safe, collaborative work applications”, and “FA-IT integration functions”.

Ceiling mounted, horizontal type robot – RH-FRHR

 

 

Having a special compact design and support for overhead installation above the application, the robots RH‑1F(R)HR and RH‑3F(R)HR do not take up any valuable space in the work area next to the installation location.  This enables even smaller work cell dimensions. For high-speed handling of small parts up to 1kg, the RH‑1F(R)HR is the perfect robot.  It allows up to 150picks/min. with conveyer tracking including hand open/close. The RH‑3F(R)HR robot’s perfectly circular cylindrical work space is 150 mm high with a diameter of 700 mm. It can access any point in this space while manipulating a payload up to 3kg.

Highlights RH-1F(R)HR

 

 

  • Highest productivity: Up to 150 picks/min. with conveyor tracking including hand open/close
  • Flexible installation: Cell, wall and floor mounting for easy integration into any working cell
  • Increased operation area: Peripheral equipment can be set up below the robot
  • Wide range of applications: IP protection from IP20 to IP65 / ISO Class 5 can be increased by adding a bellow
  • Closed arm housing: Internal vacuum valve and internally routed cables present any snagging with peripheral equipment.

Highlights RH-3F(R)HR

 

 

  • Space saving: Overhead installation for minimum spare requirement
  • Compact and cost effective: Compact design by only 24kg weight for simple mounting system
  • Increase your productivity: Cycle times of up to 0.32 seconds with accuracy of up to 0.01 mm
  • Flexible workspace: 700 mm circular diameter, 150 mm spindle extension movement
  • Protection for harsh environments: IP20, optional IP65 and Clean-room model (ISO-Level III) is available
The RH-FRHR series offers 3 additional features: “Next-generation intelligent functions”, “Safe, collaborative work applications”, and “FA-IT integration functions”.

Micro Working Robot – RP-ADH Series

 

 

The RP-series of Mitsubishi Electric convinces due to its innovative concept, which is required for highly accurate and extremely fast applications. The robots have a unique double-arm structure which significantly increases production and improves quality within micro-handling. Together with the ultra-compact SD-controller, the RP-robot can be manually installed in any application, no matter how small. Like all MELFA-robots, the RP-series is already fitted at the factory with all features such as Ethernet, USB, tracking connection and the additional axle control for up to 8 additional axles.

Highlights

 

 

  • Highest precision: repetition accuracy of ± 0.005 mm
  • Compact and lightweight: 12 kg light and a footprint smaller than DIN A4 (FP-1ADH)
  • Weight: 1 kg to 5 kg handling weight for many different applications.
  • Protection: Clean-room model (ISO-level III) available
  • Connectors: Pneumatic grippers, Ethernet, USB, camera interface and two encoder connections as well as up to 8 additional external axles as standard, optional I/O and field bus expansion cards. Direct Connection via Ethernet to GOT HMI and teaching box.
  • Double arm SCARA robot: unrivalled in the market – unique in the Technology
  • Teaching box : Full Graphic R56TB with touch screen or R32TB

 

For any further information, please get in touch.

 

 

 

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Jul
24

Technical Tip – Mitsubishi FA Goods Product Selection Tool

 

So, you have finally managed to select the appropriate iQ-R output module for your application, but realise that it has a 40-pin connector on the front-face as opposed to the usual screw terminals.  So what do you do?

Do not worry, as the ‘FA Goods Product Selection Tool’ will take away endless amounts of time looking through catalogues, manuals and pin configurations.

This easy-to-use tool can be used to select the recommended Mitsubishi terminal blocks and cables for all of the Modular PLC’s in the Mitsubishi range, from A-Series up to the latest iQ-R offering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to save the link below into your web-browser, and refer to it whenever you need it.

 

 

 

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Jun
19

Technical Tip – Updating & Viewing Manuals

Here is a great Technical Tip on how to update your Mitsubishi manuals for IQ Works 2 through GX Works3 all in one go!

These manuals cover current Mitsubishi PLCs (IQ-F, IQ-R, Q Series) and Mitsubishi HMIs (All GOT2000 models). This is a great solution to find all of your Mitsubishi Manuals all in one place and you can even search for something specific!

Click here for your Technical Tip

 

 

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May
22

iQ Platform and Robots

MELFA Robots

 

 

 

On this year’s Drives and Control Stand Mitsubishi previewed a prototype of the new MELFA CoBOT. This arm will be aimed at the collaborative robot market offering increased rapidity and higher IP rating than the competition as well as easy to use software, direct teaching and collision detection. Mitsubishi showcased a MELFA Robot mounted on an automated guided vehicle (AGV) showing alternatives to conceptual uses for these products.

 

 

 

 

On-Line Configurators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The online configurators for iQ-R, iQ-F, Q series, L series, F series and networks have been updated on the Mitsubishi web site. New features include:

– Quickly visualise the number of I/O points and total current consumption required for modules during selection.
– “Purchase list” with selected module name and quantity can be printed.
– “Configuration chart” based on selected models can be printed
– Configuration Image can be printed

These tool can be found at

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/products/cnt/plc/ex/select/index.html

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May
08

Technical Tip – Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command

 

Mitsubishi Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command

 

 

 

Here is a technical setup tip for a Mitsubishi FR-D700  series Inverter with an analogue control signal, whether its from PLC or a Potentiometer. In this example a 4-20mA signal is used and you can use this method through out the FR series range of Inverters manufactured by Mitsubishi.

CLICK HERE for your Technical Tip in PDF

 

 

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