Learning how to see the world from the robot’s point of view is one of the most difficult challenges when learning how to work with robot technology. Yaskawa Motoman Robotics helped mitigate those challenges and ushered in new advances in robotics when they introduced the Smart Pendant in 2018. A touch screen–inspired pendant that mirrors a tablet, Yaskawa’s innovative Smart Pendant is built with Smart Frame technology. It utilizes an inertial motion unit that automatically determines the user’s orientation relative to the robot. Yaskawa’s patented technology simplifies robot programming by eliminating conventional coordinate frames (X, Y, Z) and utilizing human directional references (left, right, up, down). The Smart Pendant also has a smoother learning curve than older robotic technology. Previously, a four-day, on-location training course was required to work on Yaskawa robots. Now, only four hours of online classes are needed.
The Smart Pendant offers several features to simplify programming efforts, including:
- Descriptive commands that reduce the need to remember abbreviations
- A favorites bar that captures commonly used commands for easy use
- Job editing that features touch-to-edit functionality
- Detailed how-to instructions that eliminate the need for any hard copy manuals
- The Yaskawa Smart Pendant is ideal for robot users who are just starting to learn robotic automation.