Yaskawa and Clearpath partner to develop mobile manipulation system

Yaskawa and Clearpath have partnered to develop a mobile machine tending and material movement system suitable for shop floor environments. This fully integrated system features a Motoman® MH12 robot equipped with an end-of-arm tool (EOAT) and vision system, mounted on Clearpath’s OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle. The project is currently under development and supported under the advanced research division of Clearpath.

“Our partnership with Clearpath will provide industry with a robust, tightly integrated solution for moving robots to the work in a very flexible and dynamic way,” said Roger Christian, divisional leader, new product development, at Yaskawa Motoman.


“This autonomous modular solution provides users an alternative to arranging the work to a fixed robot station.”

The robot has a 12-kg payload capacity, a hollow wrist for EOAT cable management, and a
1 440mm horizontal reach.

The vehicle has a payload capacity of 1 500 kilograms and is built with industrial-grade components to withstand the rigors of industrial environments.

“We’re really excited to partner with Yaskawa to develop the future of mobile manipulation and collaborative robots. Combining our cutting-edge self-driving industrial vehicles with Yaskawa’s industry-leading robot arms will enable a new category of automation for machine tending,” said Matt Rendall, CEO of Clearpath.

For further details contact Yaskawa Southern Africa on TEL: 011 608 3182 or visit www.yaskawa.za.com