Industrial automation

EPSON RC180 Robot Controller

Small, but powerful

RC90 is the standard controller of the C, G, RS and S-Series robots. The robots are connected to the controller. All programming is done on the controller, and communication with other parts of the robotic cell are also done through it. The RC180 includes everything that is needed to operate the robot, and its capabilities can be extended with various options.


The RC180 doesn't just control the robot, it can be used to control other systems of the robotic cell, with or without the robot. Programming of the controller is done using the Windows-based EPSON RC+ environment, which is simple to understand and quick to learn. Wide range of communication options ara available to communicate with other industrial devices.

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EPSON RC180 Robot Controller :: the default robot controller
Model RC180
For which robot? SCARA: G and RS-Series
6-axis: C3 and S5
Robot / Controller SCARA: maximum 1 pc.
6-axis: maximum 1 pc.
Power/Signal cable length (m) standard: 3 m
option: 5m, 10m, 20m
Programming EPSON RC+ 5.x
runs under Windows
Programming Language SPEL+ (multitasking)
Software options VB Guide
External Control Point Motion (EPC)
GUI Builder
Interface 1 x USB memory (for backup)
1 x USB programming
1 x 10/100 base T-Ethernet (network)
I/O: 24/16 standard (8/8 as remote)
Expansions I/O 4 option cards:
on each card: +24 input / +16 output
Fieldbus 1 option card (slave):
RS-232C on each card 4 x RS-232 channels
Vision system CV1 Compact Vision + cameras
programming inside EPSON RC+
Other hardware options TP1 teach pendant
Power requirements main AC 200-240, single phase 50/60Hz
power max. 2500 VA (depending on robot)
Humidity 20% - 80%, non-condensing
Dimensions controller (mm) 380 x 350 x 180
drive unit for 6-axis robot (mm) 75 x 240 x 130.5
options box (mm) 55 x 240 x 130.5
Weight (kg) 7,5 - 9
Safety EMERGENCY STOP switch, safety door input, low power mode, dynamic brake
error detection: encoder cable disconnection
detections: irregular motor torque (out-of-control manipulator), motor speed error, positioning overflow, servo error, speed overflow, irregular CPU, memory check-sum error, overheat condition inside a motor driver module, relay deposition, over-voltage, AC power supply voltage drop, temperature anomaly, fan malfunction
Standard CE
ANSI RIA R15.06-1999


for the RC180 Robot Controller

P/S Cable:
longer Power and Signal cable in 5, 10 or 20 meter length;
TP1 Teach Pendant:
EPSON TP1 Teach Pendant can be used to teach/re-teach points of the robot without the need to connect the programming PC;
CV1 Compact Vision:
smart camera with a wide range of camera models and lens, camera programming is done directly in EPSON RC+ with communication between the camera and robot program;
I/O option:
additional inputs and outputs to increase the number of digital I/Os;
Serial Connection:
RS-232C option (with 4 channels per card);
communication cards (slave): DeviceNet, Profibus, ProfiNet, Ethernet IP, CC-Link;
GUI Builder:
license to build Windows based User Interface to control the robotic cell;
VB Guide:
license to integrate robot controls into Your Windows applications;
External Control Point license;


Simple to understand programming language: SPEL+

EPSON robot programming is done in a Windows-based programming environment called EPSON RC+. The programming language itself is called SPEL+.
SPEL+ is very similar to BASIC. It is quick to learn and easy to understand. After programming and compiling in EPSON RC+, the program is transferred to the robot controller. From that point, the controller controlls the robot (without the need of the PC).

Do you need to control other devices as well? No problem. SPEL+ can do a lot more than just robot control. It is a multitasking language, capable of controlling task parallel or independent of the robot.

Complex motion control

SPEL+ includes a wide range ot motion commands: PTP (point-to-point motion), linear motion, CP (continuous path motion), etc. or special motion commands such as Jump or Palletizing commands.

Robot Simulator, to plan ahead

With the use of the 3D robot simulator, you can plan ahead, design and simulate your application before your robot even arrives. Inside EPSON RC+ you can add 3D models to model your robotic cell, and check the cycle times. You can run study and verify your concept ideal before having to manufacture anything.

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Camera System

CV1, Compact Vision

For vision applications you can use EPSON's own smart camera system. It connects to the robot controller simply through an Ethernet network, and its prorgamming is fully integrated into the EPSON RC+ robot programming environment. For standard camera applications we offer the CV1 Compact Vision system with support up to 2 cameras.

The CV1 can be ordered with 2 different types of cameras: the standard camera (640 x 480 pixels) and a higher resolution camera (1280 x 1024 pixels), for mobile and fixed applications. For maximum flexibility and a perfect fit for your needs, we offer different size lens for the cameras.

CV1 Compact Vision Vision Guide

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