Epson RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller

Overview

  • Industry Leading Ease of Use with Epson RC+
  • Controls Epson G-Series, RS, and 6-Axis Robots
  • Compact, Low Cost, and High Performance
  • Wide Variety of Integrated Options Available

The EPSON Micro PowerDrive RC180 controller is an ultra compact, high performance robot controller that provides the ultimate experience in ease of use. Capable of controlling up to 6 axes, the Micro PowerDrive RC180 provides superior PowerDrive servo control for super smooth motion, fast accel/decel times, and fast cycle times. The RC180 can control Epson G-Series and RS-Series SCARA robots as well as Epson PS, S5 and C3 6-Axis robots. All of this and more, in an ultra compact package to help save valuable factory floor space at a value price.

The RC180 comes standard with our Industry Leading EPSON RC+ Controls software and lots of fully integrated options. As the Industry Leader in ease of use, EPSON RC+ wizards, point and click setup, Jog and Teach window, Integrated Debugger, Epson Smartsense and many other features help reduce overall development time as compared to competitive robot systems. In addition, options such as Vision Guidance, .NET support, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus and much more are fully integrated into the EPSON RC+ development environment to maximize performance and ease of use.

Epson RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller

Features & Benefits

The Micro PowerDrive RC180 Controller was build with 2 fundamental goals... Compact size with powerful performance. The PowerDrive servo system provides advanced servo control for fast accel/decel times not seen with other robots as well as high performance motion profiles and path control. In addition, the SPEL+ language and Industry Leading EPSON RC+ development environment provide the tools to make robot programming easier to help save our users time and money. Add the RC180 with one of our high performance SCARA or 6-axis arms and you have the ultimate robot control experience. The Epson Experience.

High Performance

  • Low Cost AND High Performance
  • Compact Size uses little factory space
  • Fast Robot Cycle and Program Execution Times
  • Outstanding Accel/Decel Rates with smooth start/stop motion
  • Epson PowerDrive Servo system ensures maximum robot performance

Flexibility and Expandability

  • Use as Standalone, PLC Slave or with PC
  • Controls Epson G-Series/RS SCARAS and C3/PS/S-Series 6-Axis Robots
  • Fully Integrated Options including: Vision Guidance, .NET Connectivity, EtherNet/IP and more

Best in Class Controllers and Development Software

  • Epson RC+ leads the industry in ease of use to save development time
  • Two tiered controller offerings allow high performance or low cost solutions
  • Integrated options to maximize system performance and reduce overall development time (see options page for more details)
  • High performance processing power many times faster than competitors models

Used for a Wide Variety of Applications and Industries

  • Automotive
  • Hard Drive
  • Medical
  • Lab Automation
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Products
  • Telecommunications
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Solar
  • Packaging
  • Semiconductor
  • Food
  • Electronics

Epson RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller

Specifications

Basic Hardware Specs

Mounting Options: Desktop, Wall, Rack, Floor, Ceiling
CPU: 32 bit Ultra Low Voltage Processor
Memory: 64 MB Flash, 64MB DRAM, 128K SRAM

Dimensions

Base Unit (SCARA Robots): 302(w) x 170.5(d) x 275(h)
Extension Unit Drive (6-Axis robots): 75(w) x 130(d) x 275(h)
Expansion Option Unit: 55(w) x 136(d) x 240(h)

Weight

Base Unit (SCARA Robots): 9 Kg
Base Unit + Extension Drive (6-Axis): 10.5 Kg
Option Unit: 1 Kg

Robot Manipulator Control

Joint Control: Up to 6 joints simultaneous control (AC Servo)
Motion Type: CP (Continuous Path) motion, PTP (Point to Point) motion
Speed/Accel/Decel: Fully programmable

Teaching Methods

Remote
Direct
Manual Data Input

Digital I/O

Standard I/O: 16 Inputs / 8 Outputs (Optically Isolated)
Remote I/O: 8 Inputs / 8 Outputs (may be configured as standard I/O)

Communication Interfaces

Ethernet: 10/100Base-T Ethernet - High speed connection to 1 or more controllers via network
USB 1.1 or 2.0: USB Port 1 - Direct 1 to 1 high speed connection to controller
USB 1.1 or 2.0: USB Port 2 - for USB memory

Power Source

200-240 VAC Single Phase 50/60 Hz

Environment

Temperature: 5-40 deg C
Humidity: 20-80% (no condensation)
Standards for Environment: RoHS

Safety Standards and Features

CE Compliance, ANSI/RIA 15.06-1999, UL1740 
Emergency stop switch
Safety door input
Low power mode
Dynamic brake
Encoder cable disconnection error detection
Motor overload detection
Irregular motor torque detection
Motor speed error detection
Positioning overflow
Speed overflow
Servo error detction
CPU irregularity detection
Memory check-sum error detection
Overheat detection and the Motor Driver Module
Relay welding detection
Over-voltage detection
AC power supply voltage reduction detection
Temperature error detection
Fan error detection  

Programming / Development

Language: SPEL+ Lite
Development Environment: EPSON RC+ 5.0

PC Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
CPU Speed: 850 MHz (or faster)
HDD Space: 500 MB (minimum)

Multitasking

Up to 16 simultaneous tasks

Error Handling

Error History
User Errors
Automatic Error Logging
User defined errors and messages

Source Code Editor

Color coded with auto syntax assist, code indent, and built-in EPSON SmartSense™ technology

Debugger

Source level debugger with single step, breakpoints, watch variables and built in EPSON Smartsense™ technology

SPEL+ Language

Powerful, easy to learn structured language with features including: functions, parameter passing, variable types, long variable names, event traps, error handling and much more

EPSON RC+ 5.0 Development Environment

Project based development environment including:

  • Project Explorer for easy access to application files
  • Point file spreadsheets for editing points
  • Run Window for fast development
  • Robot Manager for Jogging, teaching points, and configuring robot parameters
  • I/O Monitor and I/O Label Editor allow easy setup and viewing of I/O Status
  • Task Manager provides debugging/monitoring dialog for all actively running tasks
  • Point and click configuration wizards
  • Operator Windows for easy production use
  • Fully Integrated help system

Languages Supported

English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese

PLC Connection

Easy to use controller as PLC Slave through DeviceNet, Profibus, EtherNet/IP or Remote I/O connection

Available Robots

G-Series SCARA
RS-Series SCARA
C3 6-Axis
Pro Six 6-Axis
S-Series 6-Axis

Options

Vision Guide vision guidance package
Expansion I/O (32 Inputs/32 Outputs) up to 4 boards
RS232-C board (up to 8 ports total with 2 option boards)
ECP Software Option (External Control Point motion)
Operator Panel (OP1)
Fieldbus Boards (EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, CC-Link)
VB Guide 5.0 (Microsoft .NET Communication Module)
Teach Pendants (TP1, TP2)
 

 

Epson RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller

Options & Accessories

Robot Options

Longer Robot to Controller Cables

Epson Robot arms come standard with 3 meter power and signal cables that connect the robot arm to the controller. 5 and 10 meter cables are available as options if you need your robot to be mounted further than 3 meters from the robot controller. The cables are different for the RC90, RC180, RC620+ and RC700 controllers so be sure to specify the proper cable option.

Part Number: There are many different cables depending upon which controller and robot that you have. Please contact your Epson Sales Manager or Distributor to make sure you order the proper cable.

(2M) Extension Cables for OP500RC Teach Pendant / Operator Panel

2 meter extension cables are available for the Teach Pendant / Operator Panel to allow usage of TP from further distances away from the controller. The standard cable is 1 meter in length.

Part Number: RE000942-1

(7M) Extension Cables for OP500RC Teach Pendant / Operator Panel

7 meter extension cables are available for the Teach Pendant / Operator Panel to allow usage of TP from further distances away from the controller. The standard cable is 1 meter in length.

Part Number: RE000943-1

I/O Options

Expansion I/O Board

I/O Expansion Board (RC620+ and RC180 Controller)

Protected I/O board only (32 Inputs / 32 Outputs). For RC180 Controller an Options Adder Box (p/n R12B100503) option is required.

Part Number: R12C040301

DeviceNet IP Board

DeviceNet Slave Board (RC620+ or RC180 Controller)

Provides DeviceNet connectivity as a slave device. Includes DeviceNet (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. RC180 Control Options Adder Box (p/n R12B100503) option required..

Part Number: R12C040706

Profibus IP Board Inside

Profibus Slave Board (RC620+ or RC180 Controller)

Provides Profibus connectivity as a slave device. Includes Profibus (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. RC180 Control Options Adder Box (p/n R12B100503) option required..

Part Number: R12C040707

Ethernet IP Board

EtherNet/IP Slave Board (RC620+ or RC180 Controller)

Provides EtherNet/IP connectivity as a slave device. Includes EtherNet/IP (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. RC180 Control Options Adder Box (p/n R12B100503) option required..

Part Number: R12C040719

CC Link

CC-Link Slave Board (RC620+ or RC180 Controller)

Provides CC-Link connectivity as a slave device. Includes CC-Link (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. RC180 Control Options Adder Box (p/n R12B100503) option required..

Part Number: R12C040708

RS-232C Board

RS232C Board: 4-Port (RC620+ or RC180 Controller)

One 4-Port RS-232C board for communication to other RS-232C based devices. RC180 Control Options Adder Box (p/n R12B100503) required.

Part Number: R12C040705

Software Options

VB Guide 5.0

VB Guide 5.0 Software (RC180 Controller)

Provides .Net connectivity to allow programming of EPSON Robots through Vision Basic, Visual C/C++, C#, LabView, etc. Includes software CD. Version 5.x is used for RC180 Controllers.

Part Number: R12B090501

External Control Point Software (RC180 Controller)

External Control Point 5.0 Software (RC180 Controller)

External Control Point software (ECP) allows coordination of motion about a fixed point in space. The robot holds a part and maintains path so that the part can be moved about a fixed point in space like for sealant applications. ECP 5.x is for RC180 Controllers.

Part Number: R12B090601

Vision Guidance Pkgs & Options - CV1

CV1 Vision System - Std Resolution Pkg

Controllers: RC620+, RC180, RC90

EPSON Vision Guide CV1 vision system with standard resolution camera. Low Cost vision guidance solution for Epson Robots. Supports up to 2 cameras (standard or high resolution).
Includes: CV1 base unit, High Flex USB cable, standard resolution camera (640x480), shielded ethernet cable, and industry leading ease of use Epson Vision  Guide software.

Available Options for CV1 Vision System - Standard Resolution Package:

  • Standard resolution camera (640x480)
  • High resolution camera (1280x1024)
  • Lens kit 
  • DIN mount 24VDC power supply 

<EPSON CV1 Vision System Details>

Part Number: RCV1SR-SYS

CV1 Camera with High Flex USB Cable

CV1 Vision Option - Std-Res Camera

Optional standard resolution additional camera kit for the Epson CV1 Vision System. Up to 2 cameras can be added to the CV1.

Includes: CV1 standard resolution (640x480) camera and High Flex USB cable.

Controllers: RC620+, RC180, RC90

Part Number: RCV1SR-CAM

CV1 Vision System - High Resolution Pkg

Controllers: RC620+, RC180, RC90

EPSON Vision Guide CV1 vision system with High Resolution (1280x1024) camera. Low Cost vision guidance solution for Epson Robots. Supports up to 2 cameras (standard or high resolution).
Includes: CV1 base unit, High Flex USB cable, High Resolution Camera (1280x1024), shielded ethernet cable and industry leading ease of use Epson Vision Guide Software. 

Available Options for CV1 Vision System - High Resolution Package:

  • Standard resolution camera (640x480)
  • High resolution camera (1280x1024)
  • Lens kit 
  • DIN mount 24VDC power supply 

<EPSON CV1 Vision System Details>

Part Number: RCV1HR-SYS

CV1 Camera with High Flex USB Cable

CV1 Vision Option - Hi-Res Camera

Optional high resolution additional camera kit for the Epson CV1 Vision System. Up to 2 cameras can be added to the CV1.

Includes: CV1 high resolution (1280x1024) camera and High Flex USB cable.

Controllers: RC620+, RC180, RC90

Part Number: RCV1HR-CAM

CV1 Vision Option - Lens Kit

Optional lens kit for the Epson CV1 Vision System. Lens work with both standard and high resolution cameras.

Includes: 8.5mm, 16mm, 25mm, 50mm lens and an extension tube set.

Controllers: RC620+, RC180, RC90

Part Number: RE0001023-1

CV1 Vision Option - 24VDC Power Supply

Optional 24VDC Din mount 3A power supply for the Epson CV1 Vision System. 

Includes: Power supply unit.

Controllers: RC620+, RC180, RC90

Part Number: RE0001014-1

Teach Pendant Options

Teach Pendant TP1

TP1 Teach Pendant (RC90, RC180, RC620+, RC700 Controllers)

The TP1 Teach Pendant allows teaching of points and setting of parameters via a handheld device. It comes with a 5 meter cable and D-sub connector. An IP65 connector option is available. See your sales manager for details and part numbers.

Part Number: R12B120102

TP2 Teach Pendant

TP2 Teach Pendant (RC90, RC180, RC620+, RC700 Controllers)

TP2 Teach Pendant with D-Sub connector and 5 meter cable. Connects to D-Sub connector on the front of the Controller. (For use with RC90, RC180, and RC700 Controllers)
 

Part Number: R12B120112

Other Options

Operating Panel OP1

Operator Panel OP1 (RC180 Controller)

OP1 Operator Panel provides easy access to the controller status and error conditions when the robot is in Auto mode. Includes the OP1, 3 meter cable, and shorting plug.

Part Number: R12B120001

Epson RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller

Downloads

Brochures, Whitepapers, Press Releases

Micro PowerDrive RC180 - Brochure  
Epson RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller Product Introduction - Press Release  

Manuals

Epson RC180 Controller Manual  
Epson RC180 Safety and Installation Manual  
EPSON RC+ 5.0 Users Guide (for RC180 & RC90 Controllers)  
Epson SPEL+ 5.0 Language Reference (for RC90 & RC180 Controllers)  

RC180 4 Axis Drawings

Robot Model Arm Length
(mm)
Z Axis
Stroke (mm)
Environment Mounting Curved Arm SolidWorks STEP DFX
RC180 4-Axis (0 Option)      
RC180 4-Axis (1 Option)      
RC180 4-Axis (2 Options)      

RC180 6 Axis Drawings

Robot Model Arm Length
(mm)
Z Axis
Stroke (mm)
Environment Mounting Curved Arm SolidWorks STEP DFX
RC180 6-Axis (0 Option)      
RC180 6-Axis (1 Option)      
RC180 6-Axis (2 Options)