Sepro, Yaskawa team up for 6-axis robots for big presses

April 29, 2016

Two robot makers are joining forces on six-axis robots used on larger injection molding machines.

Sepro Group, La Roche-sur-Yon, France, and Yaskawa, Kitakyushu, Japan, have signed an agreement in which robots will be sold under the Sepro-Yaskawa brand name as part of the Sepro 6X Visual product line. This line also includes six-axis robots that are made in partnership with Swiss robotics company Stäubli. Sepro's relationship with Stäubli will continue, the company said. Sepro will sell Stäubli robots for applications on molding machines with up to 800 tons of clamping force; the Yaskawa models will be used on machines with up to 5,000 tons of clamping force.

Part of Sepro's model is to operate through such partnerships. The agreement with Yaskawa came out of the two companies' memberships in Proxinnov, which is an innovation forum for companies in the Pays de la Loire region in France. Yaskawa operates its French offices in Nantes.