Epson Flexion N2 Compact 6-Axis Robots

Efficiency of Motion | Small Footprint

  • New compact folding arm technology - world's first *1
  • Maximizes motion efficiency for faster cycle times *1
  • Reduces required workspace area by up to 40% versus standard 6-Axis robots *1
  • Unique tight space motion capability keeps arm extremities out of the way *1
  • 450mm reach and 2.5 Kg maximum payload

      *1 Features exclusive to Epson's Flexion N-Series technology

A revolutionary new addition to Epson’s 6-Axis robot lineup, the Flexion N2 stands tall in a class of its own. Featuring patented compact folding arm technology, this innovative robot offers significant advantages in efficiency of motion and workcell space reduction. With the ability to operate in a tight space, the  Flexion N2 can be utilized in production lines that traditional 6-Axis robots cannot. Designed with a smart new kinematic configuration, Epson’s Flexion N-Series robots, beginning with the Flexion N2, are redefining the 6-Axis robot category.

How Do We Do It?

The compact arm of the Flexion N2 has the unique ability to fold through itself, versus moving around itself. This reduces the number of intermediate points and shortens cycle times. Due to its intelligent design, the Flexion N2 reduces required workspace area by up to 40% versus standard 6-Axis robots.

Unique to EPSON: Residual Vibration Technology - Most 6-Axis arm manufacturers have to add size to get the rigidity required for reasonable arm performance. EPSON has a unique Residual Vibration Technology that allows our slimline arms to produce outstanding speed, precision, accel/decel rates and much more. Reducing vibration is the key to high performance, and our Residual Vibration Technology using EPSON QMEMS sensors helps significantly reduce vibration through detecting and canceling vibration. As with our C4 and C8 Series 6-Axis robots, Epson Flexion N2 6-Axis robots also include Epson's proprietary residual vibration technology for best in class motion performance.

Industries We Serve

Offering high precision in a small size with a unique configuration, the Flexion N2 is ideal for a diverse group of applications and industries. Especially relevant are:

  • Electronics – Product assembly of small electronic parts
  • Automotive – Assembly of car parts
  • Medical – Assembly of medical devices and lab automation
  • Consumer Products – Assembly of small parts

Epson Flexion N2 Compact 6-Axis Robots

Features & Benefits

The first of its kind, Epson’s Flexion N2 6-Axis robot is packed full of useful features that will change the way that 6-Axis robots are used for automation. Features include:

Workcell Space Reduction

  • Reduces required workspace area by up to 40% versus standard 6-Axis robots
  • Interference space - 460mm

Efficiency of Motion

  • Reduces number of intermediate points
  • Shortens cycle time
  • Arm folds through itself versus moving around itself

Tight Space Motion Capable

  • Folding arm minimizes critical space
  • Maximum compression of motion (no elbow issue)

A Whole New Class of 6-Axis Robots

  • Patented folding arm technology unique to Epson
  • Compact robots with high motion efficiency and excellent space efficiency

Best in Class Controllers and Development Software

  • Epson RC+ is an industry leader in ease of use
  • Epson’s RC700A controller provides high performance at a low cost
  • Integrated options help maximize performance and reduce overall development time
  • High performance processing power is much faster than competitors models
  • Option to utilize personal PC for use with the RC700A PC-driven controller to achieve maximum performance for a minimal cost

Fully Integrated Options

  • Vision Guidance
  • Microsoft .NET Connectivity with RC+ 7.0 API
  • DeviceNet, Profibus, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, CC-Link Fieldbus Connectivity
  • GUI Builder - for easy GUI creation from the EPSON RC+ Robot Development Environment
  • Additional Axis Control
  • Conveyor Tracking
  • External Control Point (ECP) motion capability

Used for a Wide Variety of Applications and Industries

  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Consumer Products
  • Electronics
  • Lab Automation
  • Industrial Products
  • Telecommunications
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Semiconductor

 

Epson Flexion N2 Compact 6-Axis Robots

Specifications

Core Specs

Repeatability: +/-0.020mm
Payload (Kg): Max 2.5 / Rated 1
Weight: 19 Kg

Arm Length

Horizontal Reach (to mounting face): 532.2mm
Horizontal Reach (to wrist center): 450mm
 

Optional Arm Configurations

Mounting Type: Tabletop, Ceiling

User Lines

Electric: 15 (D-Sub Connector)
Ethernet: 8pin RJ45 (Cat5e or equivalent)
Air: 2 (6mm)

Environmental

Temperature: 5- 40 deg C
Humidity: 10 - 80% (non condensing)

Safety Regulations

ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999
CE
JIS B 8433
Machinery Directive:
EN ISO 12100-1,EN ISO 12100-2, EN ISO 10218,
EN 60204-1,EN ISO 13849-1
EMC Directive: EN55011,EN61000-6-2
JIS B 8433-1
Korean KC Mark compliant
RoHS Directive,REACH

Available Controllers

RC700A - PC Driven High Performance Controller
RC700DU-A - Drive Unit for Multiple Robot Control

 

Motion Range

J1 (Turning): +/-180 deg
J2 (Lower Arm): +/-180 deg
J3 (Upper Arm): +/-180
J4 (Wrist Roll): +/-195 deg
J5 (Wrist Bend): +/-130 deg
J6 (Wrist Twist): +/-360 deg

Motor Wattage

J1: 100 Watts
J2: 100 Watts
J3: 100 Watts
J4: 30 Watts
J5: 30 Watts
J6: 15 Watts

Allowable Moment of Inertia

J4: 0.20 kg•m2
J5: 0.20 kg•m2
J6: 0.08 kg•m2

Brakes

All 6 Axes

Options

Vision Guide (CV2 or PV1)
.NET Support (EPSON RC+ 7.0 API)
DeviceNet, EtherNEt/IP, Profibus, EtherCat, CC-Link
Conveyor Tracking
GUI Builder
Force Sensing

Robot Cables

3M (standard), 5M (optional), 10M (optional)

Software

Development Software: EPSON RC+ 7.0

 

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.

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.

Part Number:

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.

Part Number:

DeviceNet Logo

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.

Part Number:

CC-Link Slave Logo

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.
 

Part Number:

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.
 

Part Number:

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.
 

Part Number:

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.

Part Number:

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

Teach Pendant Options

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)
 

Part Number:

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>

Part Number:

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

Pulse Generating Kit w/Terminal Block for Additional Axis Control (RC700, RC90 Controllers)

Provides additional axis control capability for controlling external devices. Pulse Generating Kit includes Pulse Generating Board, Pulse Generating cable, Terminal block (2), 50pin Connector (2), 100pin connector
 

Part Number: R12N748041

Vision Guidance Pkgs & Options - CV2

EPSON CV2 Vision with GigE Camera

CV2-H (High Speed) Vision System

Controllers: RC700A, RC90

EPSON Vision Guide high performance CV2 vision system (CV2-H) with GigE or USB camera. Supports up to 6 cameras (4) GigE and (2) USB.

Includes: CV2-H base unit, High Flex GigE or USB cable, (1) GigE or USB camera, shielded ethernet cable and industry leading ease of use Epson Vision Guide Software. 
 

Available Options for CV2-H Vision System:

* GigE Cameras
- Standard Resolution GigE Camera (0.3MP 640x480)
- High Resolution GigE Camera (2MP 1600x1200)
- Super High Resolution GigE Camera (5MP 2500x1900)
- Color High Resolution GigE Camera (2MP 1600x1200)
- Color Super High Resolution GigE Camera (5MP 2500x1900)

* USB Cameras
- Standard Resolution USB Camera (0.3MP 640x480)
- High Resolution USB Camera (2MP 1600x1200)
- Super High Resolution USB Camera (5MP 2500x1900)

* Lens Kit
* 100V Power Supply

 

<EPSON CV2 Vision System Details>

 

Part Number: See Epson Sales Manager or Distributor for CV2-H Vision Part Numbers

EPSON CV2 Vision with GigE Camera

CV2-S (Standard Speed) Vision System

Controllers: RC700A, RC90

EPSON Vision Guide high performance CV2 vision system (CV2-S) with GigE or USB camera. Supports up to 6 cameras (4) GigE and (2) USB.

Includes: CV2-S base unit, High Flex GigE or USB cable, (1) GigE or USB camera, shielded ethernet cable and industry leading ease of use Epson Vision Guide Software. 
 

Available Options for CV2-S Vision System:

* GigE Cameras
- Standard Resolution GigE Camera (0.3MP 640x480)
- High Resolution GigE Camera (2MP 1600x1200)
- Super High Resolution GigE Camera (5MP 2500x1900)
- Color High Resolution GigE Camera (2MP 1600x1200)
- Color Super High Resolution GigE Camera (5MP 2500x1900)

* USB Cameras
- Standard Resolution USB Camera (0.3MP 640x480)
- High Resolution USB Camera (2MP 1600x1200)
- Super High Resolution USB Camera (5MP 2500x1900)

* Lens Kit
* 100V Power Supply

 

<EPSON CV2 Vision System Details>

 

Part Number: See Epson Sales Manager or Distributor for CV2-S Vision Part Numbers

Epson RC700A Controller

Overview

  • Industry Leading Ease of Use with Epson RC+ (New Version 7.0)
  • Controls Epson G-Series, RS-Series, C-Series and Flexion N-Series Robots
  • High Performance, Open Architecture, PC Based
  • Supports Windows 7 Professional, Windows 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) 4 or 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 N2, 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.

 

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, ANSI/RIA 15.06-1999, UL1740
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 or 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
 

 

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Downloads

Manuals

Epson Flexion N2 Robot Manual  
Epson RC+ 7.0 Users Guide (for RC700 & RC90 Controllers)  
EPSON RC700/RC700A Controller Manual  
EPSON RC700/RC700A Safety and Installation Manual  
EPSON SPEL+ 7.0 Lanuage Reference  

N2-A450S Drawings

Robot Model Arm Length
(mm)
Z Axis
Stroke (mm)
Environment Mounting Curved Arm SolidWorks STEP DFX
N2-A450S 450 standard