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Epson develops robot force sensor for manufacturing industry

Adrian M. Reodique | June 8, 2016
The S250 series allows customers to automate complex manufacturing tasks.

S250 series force sensor. Credit: Epson

Seiko Epson Corporation or Epson has developed a new robot force sensor called S250 series which will launched worldwide this month as an option for the company's six axis and SCARA robots.

"The new force sensors are a significant development for Epson and for the manufacturing industry in general," said Yoneharu Fukushima, COO of Epson's Robotics Solutions Operations Division. "As a company dedicated to manufacturing innovation, the new sensors help to expand the applications for robots, and bring us a step further towards achieving our goal of creating a world in which robots support people in a wide variety of situations."

The S250 series allows customers to automate complex manufacturing tasks. The sensor also has a robot operation commands that allow the users to easily introduce the system.

"The S250 series enables robots to feel force as limited as 0.1 newton (N), allowing the robots to automate complex tasks such as precisely assembling delicate components," said Epson in a press statement. Additionally, the sensors can perform tasks that formerly relied on human sensory tasks like polishing and deburring.

"There is strong demand for industrial robotics and their applications within the Southeast Asia region, with robotics spending looking to double in Asia Pacific by 2019, according to IDC. The new force sensors will meet the demands of customers within Southeast Asia, to improve their productivity through automation of complex and intricate tasks," said Ng Ngee Khiang, Regional General Manager, Epson Robotics Division.


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