Epson RC700A Controller

Overview

  • Industry Leading Ease of Use with Epson RC+ (New Version 7.0)
  • Controls Epson C4/C4L 6-Axis Robots
  • High Performance, Open Architecture, PC Based
  • Supports Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 Professional
  • Wide Variety of Integrated Options Available

The EPSON RC700A controller is the next generation high performance controller line with both power, open architecture and industry leading ease of use. More than just a connection to a PC, the RC700A integrates both the power of PC based controls with the with the power of a real time engine running the up to 32 tasks and the SPEL+ language. In addition, the RC700A uses our EPSON RC+ 7.0 development environment which is the Industry Leader in ease of use. Advanced and beginning users alike select the RC700A as their robot controller of choice because it saves them time and money with every application. Capable of controlling up to (4) 6 axis robots, the RC700A provides superior PowerDrive servo control for super smooth motion, fast accel/decel times, and fast cycle times. The RC700A works with the Flexion N-Series, C4-Series and C8-Series 6-Axis robots, the G-Series SCARA robots and the RS-Series SCARA Robots. All of this along with an open architecture design allows customers to add 3rd party software and hardware to build systems to suit their needs.

The RC700A comes standard with the latest version (7.0) of 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 (RC+ 7.0 API), EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, GUI Builder and much more are fully integrated into the EPSON RC+ development environment to maximize performance and ease of use.

The RC700A is capable of controlling up to 6 axes from the core controller but additional robots can be added through external drive units as well. Up to (4) robots can be controlled from just 1 RC700A controller for single source development in a multi-robot workcell. All this power from a single controller. No wonder the EPSON RC700A is the high performance robot controller of choice.

Epson RC700A Controller

Features & Benefits

The RC700A Controller is the next generation high performance EPSON Robot controller with power, open architecture, and industry leading ease of use. The PowerDrive servo system with our new QMEMS servo feedback sensing provides the latest in servo control technology for fast accel/decel times as well as high performance motion profiles and path control not seen with other robots. In addition, the SPEL+ language and Industry Leading EPSON RC+ development environment (new Version 7.0) provide the tools to make robot programming easier to help save our users time and money. With the ability to control up to (3) 6-axis arms, the RC700A has all the power you need yet for the most demending applications. However, at the same time, the EPSON RC+ development environment is 2nd to none in ease of use. All this and more.... from EPSON Robots.

High Performance

  • High Performance AND Open Architecture
  • Super fast CPU's and powerful real time performance
  • Fast Robot Cycle and Program Execution Times
  • Outstanding Accel/Decel Rates with smooth start/stop motion
  • Controls up to (3) 6-Axis Arms
  • Epson QMEMS with PowerDrive Servo system ensures maximum robot performance

Flexibility and Expandability

  • Ability to easily add 3rd party software and Hardware
  • User can select and use the PC of their choice for maximum power
  • Controls Epson C4/C4L 6-Axis Robots. (more models coming soon)
  • Fully Integrated Options including: Vision Guidance, .NET Connectivity (EPSON RC+ 7.0 API), EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, GUI Builder 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 RC700A Controller

Specifications

Basic Hardware Specifications

Chassis Description: Single Box Chassis; 19 inch rack mount size
CPU: Intel CPU for Maximum Performance
Memory: 1GB
Option Slots: 4 Real Time Option Slots Available
Mounting Options: Desktop, Rack, Floor

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
Multiple Robot Control: Up to 3 robots (18 axes) from 1 controller

Teaching Methods

Remote
Direct
Manual Data Input

Digital I/O

Standard I/O: 24 Inputs / 16 Outputs (Optically Isolated)
Expansion I/O: 24 Inputs / 16 Outputs (up to 4 boards max)

Communication Interfaces

Ethernet Port: 1 Built-in Port
USB: 1 Port
RS232: 1 Port (Up to 4 additional)

Dimensions

Control Unit: 380W x 350D x 182H (mm)
Drive Unit (Option for additional Robot Control): Coming Soon

Weight

Control Unit: 11 Kg (4 Axis Configuration)
 

Power Source & Consumption

Power Source: 200-240 VAC Single Phase 50/60 Hz
Maximum Power Consumption: 2.5 kVA (depending upon manipulator model)

Environment

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

Safety Standards and Features

CE Compliance
Emergency stop switch
Safeguard Circuit
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 Detection
CPU Irregularity Detection
Memory Check-Sum Error Detection
Motor Driver Overheat Detection
Over-Voltage Detection
AC Power Supply Voltage Reduction
Temperature Error Detection
Fan Error Detection
 

Basic Software Specifications

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 Professional (On User PC)
Language: SPEL+ high performance language with 425+ commands
Development Environment: EPSON RC+ 7.0
Multitasking: Up to 48 simultaneous tasks (16 are background tasks)
Debugger: Source level with single step, breakpoints, watch variables and built in EPSON Smartsense™ technology
Source Code Editor: Color coded with auto syntax assist, code indent, and built-in EPSON SmartSense™ Technology
Communication: Ethernet TCP/IP multiple communication channels available from SPEL+

EPSON RC+ 7.0 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 Window for easy production use
  • Fully Integrated help system

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

Error Handling

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

Languages Supported

English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese

Available Robots

Flexion N-Series
C4-Series 6-Axis (C4, C4L)
C8-Series 6-Axis (C8, C8L, C8XL)
G-Series SCARA (G1,G3,G6,G10,G20)
RS-Series SCARA (RS3, RS4)
 

Options

Option Slots: 4 Real Time Option Slots
Vision Guidance: Industry leading ease of use with Vision Guide 7.0 (CV1 or PV1 Vision)
Conveyor Tracking: Vision or Sensor based
Expansion I/O: (24 Inputs/16 Outputs) up to 4 boards
Fieldbus Slave or Master Boards: EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, CC-Link
EPSON RC+ 7.0 API: Microsoft .NET Communication Module
LabView Support: Comes with EPSON RC+ 7.0 API
GUI Builder: Build User GUI from EPSON RC+ Environment
Security Option: (Now included as Standard with RC+ 7.0) Allows user to password protect system
Additional Axis Control: Available with Pulse Generating Board
RS232-C Ports: Up to 4 additional ports with 2 option boards
ECP Software Option: Supports External Control Point Motion
Teach Pendants: TP1,  TP2
 

 

Options & Accessories

I/O Options

I/O Expansion Board (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

Additional PNP I/O Board (24 Inputs / 16 Outputs). For RC700A or RC90 Controller. 
NOTE: Maximum of 2 option boards for RC90 Controller. Maximum of 4 option boards for RC700A Controller.

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RS-232C Board: 2 Port (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

One 2-Port RS-232C board for communication to other RS-232C based devices.  
NOTE: Maximum of two option boards for use with RC700A or RC90 Controller.

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DeviceNet Slave Board (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

Provides DeviceNet connectivity as a slave device. Includes DeviceNet (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. (for RC700A or RC90 Controller)
NOTE: Maximum of two option boards in RC90 Controller. Maximum of 4 option boards in RC700A Controller.

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CC-Link Slave Board (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

Provides CC-Link connectivity as a slave device. Includes CC-Link (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. (for RC700A or RC90 Controller)
NOTE: Maximum of two option boards in RC90 Controller. Maximum of 4 option boards in RC700A Controller.
 

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Profibus-DP Slave Board (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

Provides Profibus connectivity as a slave device. Includes Profibus (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. (for RC700A or RC90 Controller)
NOTE: Maximum of two option boards in RC90 Controller. Maximum of 4 option boards in RC700A Controller.

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I/O Terminal Block Kit (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

I/O Terminal Block Kit to break out digital I/O to 50 pin terminal block. Comes with 10 ft cable. The standard and expansion I/O boards for the RC90 each use (1) 50 pin cable and terminal block.

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EtherNet/IP

EtherNet/IP Slave Board (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

Provides EtherNet/IP connectivity as a slave device. Includes EtherNet/IP (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. (for RC700A or RC90 Controller)
NOTE: Maximum of 2 option boards in RC90 Controller. Maximum of 4 option boards in RC700A Controller.
NOTE2: RC90 Controller requires EPSON RC+ 7 Compatibility to use EtherNet/IP option.
 

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EtherCAT

EtherCAT Slave Board (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

Provides EtherCAT Fieldbus connectivity as a slave device. Includes EtherCAT (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. (for RC700A or RC90 Controller)
NOTE: Maximum of two option boards in RC90 Controller. Maximum of 4 option boards in RC700A Controller.
 

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ProfiNet

ProfiNet Slave Board (RC700A or RC90 Controller)

Provides ProfiNet connectivity as a slave device. Includes ProfiNet (Slave) fieldbus I/O board only. (for RC700A or RC90 Controller) NOTE: Maximum of two option boards in RC90 Controller. Maximum of 4 option boards in RC700A Controller.

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Software Options

EPSON RC+ 7.0 API

EPSON RC+ 7.0 API (RC90, RC700 Controllers)

Provides .Net connectivity to allow programming of EPSON Robots through Vision Basic, Visual C/C++, C#, LabView etc. Version 7.x is used with RC90 or RC700 Controllers.
 

Part Number: R12N795011

External Control Point Software

External Control Point 7.0 Software (RC90, RC700 Controllers)

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 7.x runs on the RC90 or RC700 Controllers with EPSON RC+ 7.0.
 

Part Number: R12N796011

GUI Builder

GUI Builder 7.0 Software (RC90, RC700 Controllers)

GUI Builder is a graphical user interface development tool that is integrated into the EPSON RC+ development environment. Users can create their own forms with buttons, radio buttons, text boxes, drop down boxes, custom leds, etc. For use with EPSON RC90 or RC700 Controllers.
 

Part Number: R12N79B011

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+, RC700A Controllers)

Controllers: RC90, RC180, RC620+, RC700A

The TP1 Teach Pendant has a menu driven user interface and alls the teaching of points and setting of parameters via a handheld teaching device. It features a dedicated soft push button interface with robot jogging, mode setting, and data entry just 1 key away. It comes with a 5 meter cable with an option for 10 or 15 meter cables. IP65 is standard. See your sales manager for details and part numbers.

Features:

  • Easy Jogging and Teaching of Robot Points
  • IP65 Enclosure
  • Menu Driven User Interface
  • I/O Command Execution and Status Display
  • Task Monitor, I/O Monitor, Memory I/O Monitor Displays
  • Low Power and Slow Speed control for Jogging
  • 3 positiion Enable Switch (Right and Left Handed)

<EPSON TP1 Details>

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TP2 Teach Pendant

TP2 Teach Pendant (RC90, RC180, RC700A 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 RC700A Controllers)
 

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TP3 Slant View

TP3 Teach Pendant (RC700A Controller)

Controllers: RC700A

The TP3 Teach Pendant is the latest Teach Pendant device for Epson Robots. It features a 10.1 inch color display and allows teaching of points and setting of parameters through an easy touchscreen interface. It comes with a 5 meter cable with an option for 10 or 15 meter cables. IP65 is standard. See your sales manager for details and part numbers.

Features:

  • 10" Color Touchscreen with 1280 x 800 HD Resolution
  • Easy Jogging and Teaching of Robot Points
  • IP65 Enclosure
  • Menu Driven User Interface
  • Easy Connection to RC700A Controller

<EPSON TP3 Details>

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Other Options

Emergency Cable Kit (RC700, RC90, RC180, RC620 Controllers)

Controller Emergency Terminal Block kit t break out to 25 pin terminal block. Comes with 10 ft cable and terminal block. (Not included with the robot controller)

Part Number: RE000975-1

Conveyor Tracking (RC700, RC90 Controllers)

Provides Conveyor Tracking capability for use with vision or sensor. Conveyor Tracking Option Kit Includes: Pulse Generating Board, Pulse Generating cable, Terminal block (2), 50pin Connector (2), 100pin Connector (1).
Note: RC90 requires RC+ 7.0 compatibility to run Conveyor Tracking.
 

Part Number: R12N748051

Downloads

Manuals

RC700 Controller Manual  
RC700 Safety and Installation Controller Manual  
RC700 Drive Unit Controller Manual  
Epson RC+ 70 User's Guide (for RC700 & RC90 Controllers)  
Epson SPEL+ 70 Lanuage Reference Manual (for RC700 & RC90 Controllers)  
Epson PG Motion System Manual (for RC90 and RC700 Controllers)  

RC700 Controller Drawings

Robot Model Arm Length
(mm)
Z Axis
Stroke (mm)
Environment Mounting Curved Arm SolidWorks STEP DFX
RC700 Controller standard