Press release

Mitsubishi Electric Adds New Functions to “MELFA Smart Plus Card”

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Electric Corporation
(TOKYO:6503) announced today that it will
release the “MELFA Smart Plus Card Pack” and the “MELFA Smart Plus Card”
with upgraded predictive-maintenance and enhanced force-sensor functions
for upgraded functionality in MELFA-FR series industrial robots on April
26, 2019. The new functions incorporate Mitsubishi Electric’s original
compact AI technology, Maisart®,1 to realize 60%
reductions in both takt time and system startup time to contribute to
increased productivity at manufacturing sites.
1 Mitsubishi
Electric’s AI creates the State-of-the-ART
in technology

Product Features

1) Reduces downtime by detecting abnormalities in
advance (predictive maintenance)

  • The predictive-maintenance function uses Maisart to detect and provide
    early warnings of abnormalities in drive-system products2
    incorporated in robots, helping to reduce downtime.
  • Highly accurate predictive maintenance is realized simply by inserting
    the card into the robot controller, without having to add any other
    device or sensor.

2 Gearboxes, motor encoders, and batteries to maintain
position-information memory

2) Shortened cycle time with automatic parameter
adjustment (enhanced force sensor)

  • Maisart automatically adjusts the parameters of systems that utilize
    force sensors3.
  • Takt time is reduced by 60%4 compared to a conventional
    methodby controlling pressure exerted on target items,
    thereby helping to achieve higher-speed operations similar to those
    performed by skilled human hands.

3 Gearboxes, motor encoders, and batteries to maintain
position-information memory
4 Compared to reference
value for connector-insertion operation based on conditions set by
Mitsubishi Electric

3) Shorter startup time though automatic program
generation (enhanced force sensor)

  • Operation start and end points need only be entered to automatically
    generate a program for the shortest-possible operation time.
  • Shortens system startup time by 60%4 compared to a
    conventional method.

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