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Epson Robots, an Outgrowth of the Precision Assembly of Watches

Industrial robots are used in the electronics, automotive, food, and medical industries, to name just a few, to transport objects, assemble parts and products, package goods, and perform countless other tasks. Modern factories depend on robots, and robot demand is expected to continue to climb in both developed and emerging countries.

Epson's robot business traces its roots back to 1983, when the company developed its first precision assembly robots for use in watch production. We currently develop, manufacture, and sell four-axis SCARA (horizontally articulated) robots and compact six-axis robots. We have a particularly strong track record in SCARA robots, and are in fact the global market share leader for six successive years in this category*.

* Market share based on revenue of industrial SCARA robots, 2011-2016. (Source: Fuji Keizai "2012 - 2017 Worldwide Robot Market and Future Outlook").

SCARA robot

Six-axis robots

Using Sensing Technology

Small, lightweight, slim robots
capable of carrying heavy payloads

Epson's technology portfolio includes efficient, compact, precision technologies that we have refined over the decades since the company was founded. These technologies give Epson products their defining features--things such as low power consumption, small size, and precision control. Our precision control technology allows Epson's robots to be compact, lightweight and slim, thus giving them superior productivity per unit of area.

Epson's robot business also capitalizes on our crystal devices and the sensing technologies of our semiconductor business. The power of our robotics is increased by using it with sensing systems that enable our robots to accurately sense motion. This combination of technologies allows us to sharply reduce the amount of vibration produced by robot motion and to further increase robot speed, accuracy, and other performance parameters.

Epson also offers peripheral systems that make it easier for customers to automate.
One example is a force sensor that uses piezoelectric quartz sensing technology to enable robots to feel force as limited as 0.1 N. This allows robots to automate complex tasks such as precisely assembling delicate components. Epson also offers an optimized robotic vision system that uses image processing technology to allow robots to accurately recognize objects.

The force sensor provides robots with new functionality.

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Image processing technology allows robots to accurately recognize the shape and orientation of objects.

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