For Work Robots Controllers RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller

Epson RC180 Micro PowerDrive Controller

Compact, Powerful and Easy to Use

  • Industry Leading Ease of Use with Epson RC+
  • Controls Epson G-Series, RS, and 6-Axis Robots
  • Compact, Low Cost, and High Performance
  • Wide Variety of Integrated Options Available

The Epson Micro PowerDrive RC180 controller is an ultra compact, high performance robot controller that provides the ultimate experience in ease of use. Capable of controlling up to 6 axes, the Micro PowerDrive RC180 provides superior PowerDrive servo control for super smooth motion, fast accel/decel times, and fast cycle times. The RC180 can control Epson G-Series and RS-Series SCARA robots as well as Epson PS, S5 and C3 6-Axis robots. All of this and more, in an ultra compact package to help save valuable factory floor space at a value price.

The RC180 comes standard with 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, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus and much more are fully integrated into the Epson RC+ development environment to maximize performance and ease of use.

The Micro PowerDrive RC180 Controller was build with 2 fundamental goals... Compact size with powerful performance. The PowerDrive servo system provides advanced servo control for fast accel/decel times not seen with other robots as well as high performance motion profiles and path control. In addition, the SPEL+ language and Industry Leading EPSON RC+ development environment provide the tools to make robot programming easier to help save our users time and money. Add the RC180 with one of our high performance SCARA or 6-axis arms and you have the ultimate robot control experience. The Epson Experience.

High Performance
  • Low Cost AND High Performance
  • Compact Size uses little factory space
  • Fast Robot Cycle and Program Execution Times
  • Outstanding Accel/Decel Rates with smooth start/stop motion
  • Epson PowerDrive Servo system ensures maximum robot performance

Flexibility and Expandability
  • Use as Standalone, PLC Slave or with PC
  • Controls Epson G-Series/RS SCARAS and C3/PS/S-Series 6-Axis Robots
  • Fully Integrated Options including: Vision Guidance, .NET Connectivity, EtherNet/IP and more

Best in Class Controllers and Development Software
  • Epson RC+ leads the industry in ease of use to save development time
  • Two tiered controller offerings allow high performance or low cost solutions
  • Integrated options to maximize system performance and reduce overall development time (see options page for more details)
  • High performance processing power many times faster than competitors models

Used for a Wide Variety of Applications and Industries
  • Automotive
  • Hard Drive
  • Medical
  • Lab Automation
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Products
  • Telecommunications
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Solar
  • Packaging
  • Semiconductor
  • Food
  • Electronics

Technical Specifications:

Basic Hardware Specs: Mounting Options: Desktop, Wall, Rack, Floor, Ceiling
CPU: 32 bit Ultra Low Voltage Processor
Memory: 64 MB Flash, 64MB DRAM, 128K SRAMProgramming / Development: Language: SPEL+ Lite
Development Environment: EPSON RC+ 5.0PC Requirements: Operating System: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
CPU Speed: 850 MHz (or faster)
HDD Space: 500 MB (minimum)Error Handling: Error History
User Errors
Automatic Error Logging
User defined errors and messagesSource Code Editor: Color coded with auto syntax assist, code indent, and built-in EPSON SmartSense™ technologyCommunication Interfaces: Ethernet: 10/100Base-T Ethernet - High speed connection to 1 or more controllers via network
USB 1.1 or 2.0: USB Port 1 - Direct 1 to 1 high speed connection to controller
USB 1.1 or 2.0: USB Port 2 - for USB memoryDevelopment 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 Windows for easy production use
  • Fully Integrated help system
Digital I/O: Standard I/O: 16 Inputs / 8 Outputs (Optically Isolated)
Remote I/O: 8 Inputs / 8 Outputs (may be configured as standard I/O)Debugger: Source level debugger with single step, breakpoints, watch variables and built in EPSON Smartsense™ technologyPLC Connection: Easy to use controller as PLC Slave through DeviceNet, Profibus, EtherNet/IP or Remote I/O connectionTeaching Methods: Remote
Manual Data InputMultitasking: Up to 16 simultaneous tasksSPEL+ Language: Powerful, easy to learn structured language with features including: functions, parameter passing, variable types, long variable names, event traps, error handling and much moreLanguages Supported: English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese


Available Robots: G-Series SCARA
C3 6-Axis
Pro Six 6-Axis
S-Series 6-Axis
Options: Vision Guide vision guidance package
Expansion I/O (32 Inputs/32 Outputs) up to 4 boards
RS232-C board (up to 8 ports total with 2 option boards)
ECP Software Option (External Control Point motion)
Operator Panel (OP1)
Fieldbus Boards (EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, CC-Link)
VB Guide 5.0 (Microsoft .NET Communication Module)
Teach Pendants (TP1, TP2)

Physical Specifications:

Dimensions: Base Unit (SCARA Robots): 302(w) x 170.5(d) x 275(h)
Extension Unit Drive (6-Axis robots): 75(w) x 130(d) x 275(h)
Expansion Option Unit: 55(w) x 136(d) x 240(h)Weight: Base Unit (SCARA Robots): 9 Kg
Base Unit + Extension Drive (6-Axis): 10.5 Kg
Option Unit: 1 KgEnvironment: Temperature: 5-40 deg C
Humidity: 20-80% (no condensation)
Standards for Environment: RoHSSafety Standards and Features:
  • CE Compliance
  • ANSI/RIA 15.06-1999
  • UL1740 (option)
  • Emergency stop switch
  • Safety door input
  • 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 detction
  • CPU irregularity detection
  • Memory check-sum error detection
  • Overheat detection and the Motor Driver Module
  • Relay welding detection
  • Over-voltage detection
  • AC power supply voltage reduction detection
  • Temperature error detection
  • Fan error detection
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 programmablePower Source: 200-240 VAC Single Phase 50/60 Hz