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.
Electric’s AI creates the State-of-the-ART
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
2) Shortened cycle time with automatic parameter
adjustment (enhanced force sensor)
Maisart automatically adjusts the parameters of systems that utilize
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
4 Compared to reference
value for connector-insertion operation based on conditions set by
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
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