Wind River Selected by Yaskawa Electric Corporation ''MOTOMAN'' to Develop Industrial Robot Controllers
Tel-Aviv, Apr 22 2004 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), the global leader in device software optimisation, today announced that Yaskawa Electric Corporation has selected Wind River Platform for Industrial Automation as the device software foundation for its NX100 and NXC100 robot controllers. Wind River Platform for Industrial Automation provides fully integrated device software technology and development tools that meet the stringent requirements for industrial control safety and reliability. Yaskawa Electric chose Wind River's integrated platform for industrial automation devices to increase efficiencies and reduce overall development time.
"Wind River Platform for Industrial Automation provided Yaskawa with unrivalled reliability, real-time performance and support of key industrial networks. In addition, with Wind River we were guaranteed clear product roadmaps and global technical support," said Fumihiko Takemoto, manager of Yaskawa Electric's Robotics Automation Division, Robot Plant, Control Technology Department, Controller Technology Section 2. "By basing our robot controller device on the Wind River Platform for Industrial Automation, we were able to focus our resources on innovating superior robotic controllers faster, better, less expensively and more reliably."
"The robotics market is a significant market opportunity for Wind River to provide Yaskawa Electric with the technologies and tools that optimise device software development for its industrial robotics," said Dave Fraser, chief marketing officer, Wind River. "Device software optimisation builds sustainable competitive advantage for our customers -- from robotics to medical equipment to traffic control systems and more -- and we are committed to enable this marketplace with the best technologies for the creation of intelligent, connected industrial devices."
Yaskawa Electric was the first company in Japan to ship the all-electrical "MOTOMAN" industrial robots and to date the company has shipped more than 100,000 robots, making Yaskawa the world's leader in total shipments of industrial articulated robots. Brisk demand has been seen in different applications, particularly arc welding, spot welding, spraying and liquid crystal glass conveyance, while orders received for semiconductor related robots have also been on the rise.
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