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07-07-2020
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Sjors de Kleijn

Remote Access & Control for Yaskawa Robots

Get full access over VPN and HTTP to run robot simulations, access data and change jobs of Yaskawa robots from remote via IXON Cloud

Yaskawa Motoman has a wide range of industrial (collaborative) robots that are used for welding, palletising, packaging, handling and assembly. To create more added value and flexibility, our OEM and system integrator customers expand them with edge connectivity and remote capabilities using IXON's Remote Service & IIoT platform. This article shows the benefits, how it works and how to get started.

  1. Introduction into IXON Cloud: Remote Service and IIoT platform
  2. What IXON Cloud can do for Yaskawa robots
  3. Edge connectivity for Yaskawa robots
  4. How to connect the Yaskawa robot with IXON Cloud
  5. Remote VPN access
  6. Remotely control the Yaskawa robot controller via HTTP
  7. How to collect and log data from Yaskawa Robots
  8. Create a dashboard from robot data
  9. Set up predictive maintenance alarms for Yaskawa robots
  10. Try IXON Cloud 30 days with our Starter Kit

 

Remote Service and IIoT platform for Yaskawa Motoman Robots

IXON has created a powerful Industrial IoT platform to upgrade your Industrial Yaskawa Robots with Remote Access and IoT capabilities. Using IXON Cloud you get instant and easy access to your Yaskawa robots over a secure VPN or HTTPS connection from anywhere in the world.

IXON Cloud: Remote Service and IIoT platform for Yaskawa robots IXON Cloud: Remote Service and IIoT platform for Yaskawa robots

 

What IXON Cloud can do for Yaskawa Robotics

Thanks to IXON Cloud you get easy and secure web-based access to your Yaskawa Robots to access and control the robot and its Teach Pendant interface on your smartphone or computers. With IXON Cloud you can:

  • Remotely connect to your Yaskawa robots over a VPN connection to view real-time simulations and upload new job configurations.
  • Open the robot controller’s web server via your browser to view status, error logs and operation counters.
  • Collect robot data via the Modbus or Ethernet/IP protocol and visualise the robots condition within status reports in customizable robot dashboards with graphs and figures.
  • For environments in which preventive or predictive maintenance is used, you can be notified when something goes wrong during production. These notifications can be sent in several ways, for example as e-mail or as notifications on your mobile phone.
  • Manage all your robots in one place and control who has access with role-based user management.

To integrate your Yaskawa robot with IXON Cloud you can use the IXrouter

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IXON Cloud - Your Remote Service Portal IXON Cloud - Your Remote Service Portal

 

IoT connectivity for Yaskawa robots

The IXrouter is IXON’s edge gateway. It's fully compatible with Yaskawa industrial robots. The IXrouter integrates robots with IXON Cloud. This allows you to set up a secure VPN connection for remote programming of the robot controller and provides HTTP functionality and data logging capabilities. HTTP is used to remotely access and control the robot/cobot webserver.

The IXrouter has built-in data acquisition capabilities to collect operating data of the robots. By edge computing only relevant data is sent off and stored in IXON Cloud, where it can be used to create powerful reports and provide you with preventive or predictive alerts. The IXrouter supports all relevant industrial protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and Ethernet/IP.

Tip: Try the easiest secure remote access solution for Yaskawa Robots: IXON Cloud. Request a free Starter Kit.

 

How to connect Yaskawa robots with IXON Cloud

To make use of IXON Cloud you need to create a free account and connect your industrial robots to the platform using the IXrouter.

Each IXrouter has four LAN ports for connecting machines (PLC controllers) and robots and one WAN port to connect the data gateway to the internet. There are multiple versions of the IXrouter, that support different ways to get internet access:

  • Ethernet only
  • Ethernet & 4G Global
  • Ethernet & Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet, 4G Global & Wi-Fi

Each device includes lifetime free VPN / HTTP access and tech support. Cloud Logging for data acquisition and Cloud Notify for alarms and notifications can both be activated in IXON Cloud. Simply choose a way to get internet access, connect your robot(s) and you’re all set and done.

In this video we explain how to connect the IXrouter to the IXON Cloud platform in just 3 simple steps.

IXrouter: industrial connectivity for Yaskawa robots IXrouter: industrial connectivity for Yaskawa robots

 

Remote VPN access to Yaskawa Robots

Once your IXrouter device is activated, you can log into your IXON Cloud account to set up a secure VPN connection to your Yaskawa robot. Choose the device you want to connect to and press the VPN button. Next, a secure VPN tunnel is created from your computer, via the IXON Cloud to your robot. You’ll have full access to your Yaskawa robot for analysing faults, remote troubleshooting, viewing real-time simulations and publishing new job instructions.

Remote access to logfiles of Yaskawa robots Remote access to logfiles of Yaskawa robots

 

Remotely control the Yaskawa robot controller via HTTP

Once you’ve configured the HTTP server, you can remotely view, configure and control the Yaskawa robot web server or teach pendant within the IXON Cloud by taking over its screen in your browser. View its webpage remotely via your browser or smartphone to access log files and status reports.

 

How to collect and log data from Yaskawa Robots

Cloud Logging is a service with which you can collect data from your Yaskawa robot/cobot for smart services and reporting. Activate data logging to send the robot data securely to IXON Cloud and access it through advanced and easy to use dashboards – or use it to create alarms for predictive alerts. Dashboards can be viewed from any device (smartphone, tablet or PC) with an internet connection.

When the internet connection drops, the IXrouter's local storage takes over. Once the internet connection is re-established, the IXrouter will send the data to the cloud. No data is lost.

Remote access to Yaskawa YRC-1000 configuration Remote access to Yaskawa YRC-1000 configuration

Setting up data collection from a Yaskawa robot to IXON Cloud

To collect data from your Yaskawa robot, activate Cloud Logging in your IXON account. IXON supports both the Modbus/TCP and Ethernet/IP protocol. Now you need to configure the robot parameters you’d like to log and when these parameters need to be logged (on interval, on change or based on a custom trigger). The IXrouter monitors the variables and sends them to IXON Cloud so you can present them in dashboards or use them for sending alarms.

 

Create a Yaskawa dashboard from robot data

Now your data is collected from your robot, and securely transmitted and stored in IXON Cloud, you can use it to configure your robot dashboards. Using our drag & drop editor, you can add widgets and build multiple dashboards based on the collected data.

Custom dashboard for Yaskawa robots Custom dashboard for Yaskawa robots

 

Set up predictive maintenance alarms for Yaskawa robots

To create and receive alarms from your Yaskawa robot you need to activate Cloud Notify in your IXON Cloud account. Alarms can be created based on the condition of a parameter, like when the robot program state is equal to “FAULT”.

In IXON Cloud you can add alarms in the Cloud Notify section. Choose the variable, the priority and set the condition and instructions for the operator. Next, you define who must receive the notification when the alarm is being triggered and you are done.

 

Try IXON Cloud for remote maintenance of Yaskawa robots

Experience setting up remote access to your Yaskawa Robot in just minutes! Leave us your details and we’ll send you a Starter Kit with our most advanced IXrouter (Wi-Fi, Ethernet and 4G/LTE) and all necessary accessories to jumpstart your project.

Set up a complete scenario for remote access and test our IoT features with your own Yaskawa Robot in a 30 day trial. Experience the great ease of use of the IXrouter and IXON Cloud platform.

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