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Mitsubishi Electric’s new teaching box speeds up MELFA robot deployment

28 February 2024

Mitsubishi Electric has launched the R86TB, a new, high-performance teaching box. This is designed to help users, machine builders and system integrators set up, program, repurpose, maintain as well as troubleshoot industrial and collaborative MELFA robots. As a result, the latest solution simplifies human-machine interactions and supports the creation of highly effective automated operations.

The R86TB multifunctional operating and programming panel builds on the foundation laid by Mitsubishi Electric’s existing teaching boxes. It offers a cost-effective, even more intuitive and easy-to-use platform with enhanced functionalities to monitor and program both the latest MELFA robots as well as prior generations. 
 
The device facilitates the comprehensive control of the connected robot via a variety of easy-to-use screens. These can be accessed from a large, high-definition 10.1’’ display. This means that the newly released solution can support users with limited robotics skills in the effective implementation of entry-level applications, as well as help more experienced professionals streamline the creation of advanced applications. 
 
In particular, the R86TB features 3D visualisation capabilities to help machine builders, system integrators and end users plan, set up and program robotic tasks in an environment that mimics the physical settings. 
 
This function is complemented by programming support capabilities, parameter inputting and programming interfaces, as well as a dedicated section for diagnostics. All of these are based on Mitsubishi Electric’s robot engineering software RT Toolbox3, simplifying user adoption and use of these platforms while ensuring consistency. 
 
In addition to these functions, the R86TB high-performance teaching box also supports quick and early troubleshooting without the need for a computer. As a result, it can optimise the uptime and performance of automated applications.
 
Oliver Giertz, Strategic Product Manager Servo/Motion/Robotics EMEA at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, comments: “We are excited to release this new teaching box and drive the implementation of highly effective robotic setups even further forward. 

"The R86TB is designed as an ideal interface to easily interact with MELFA robots across their entire service life and will greatly help customers take full advantage of the capabilities of these machines.”


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