Yaskawa America, Inc.

Waukegan, IL 60085-6751


About Yaskawa America, Inc.

At Yaskawa, we help you explore what’s possible and open new doors to opportunity. Rather than accepting the status quo, we invite you to ask, “What if?” And then we make it possible. That dedication to engineering & innovation is what makes us different.

Product Summary

Variable frequency drives, servo systems, machine controllers, robotics


2121 Norman Drive South
Waukegan, IL 60085-6751
United States

More Info on Yaskawa America, Inc.

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At Yaskawa, we help you explore what’s possible, and open new doors to opportunity. Rather than accepting the status quo, we invite you to wonder, “What if?” And then we make it possible. That dedication to innovation is what makes us different.

Experience is often the difference between solving a problem the right way and settling for “good enough”. Our global expertise is unmatched and unquestioned, with 100+ Years of manufacturing excellence, 30 countries with sales, service, and manufacturing locations, and $4.5 billion in global sales per year.

We provide both standard products and tailor-made solutions, all backed by proven quality and reliability. We continuously work to save you money, time, and energy, because we believe your machine can always run faster, smoother and more productively. It’s about making the correct diagnoses, creating the right automation machinery, and implementing it in the best way possible.

Yaskawa AC Servo Systems come to a precise position with a speed and consistency that is unmatched in the industry. Connect our rotary, linear, and direct drive servo motors to an advanced Yaskawa machine controller to achieve SINGULAR CONTROL, the ability to manage robots, servos and drives with a single controller and familiar IEC 61131-3 programming.

Yaskawa low and medium voltage AC Variable Frequency Drives cover every automation application need in the industrial plant, with power ranges from fractional HP to 16,000 HP and a legendary reputation for reliability and advanced technology.  Our latest variable frequency drives provide simple motor setup with highly flexible network communications, embedded functional safety, no-power programming, and easy-to-use tools featuring mobile device connectivity with our DriveWizard® mobile app.

Over 540,000 Yaskawa Robots are at work worldwide, with 150+ models to choose from and the strength of decades of application expertise.

Products & Press Releases

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Yaskawa America Introduces Yaskawa Compass Software

July 8, 2020
Intuitive software tool for advanced manufacturing.
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Supplier News

Yaskawa America Introduces Innovative Microdrive

Feb. 26, 2020
GA500 poised to take on today’s challenges of sustainability, flexibility, and ease of use.
General Purpose AC Drive from Yaskawa is Easy to Set Up and Use

General Purpose AC Drive is Easy to Set Up and Use

March 20, 2019
Yaskawa’s GA800 provides power, ease of use, flexibility, and performance.
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Artificial Intelligence-Driven Automation

Dec. 20, 2017
Applications of artificial intelligence in manufacturing are not coming to market in the distant future, they are already here—as can be seen in the collaboration between Universal...
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Automation + Jobs: Not a Zero-Sum Equation

Jan. 10, 2017
The advance of automation is eliminating some jobs. It’s also creating others. The disconnect between these two realities is not that good jobs in industry no longer exist, but...
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Servo Motors and Amplifiers

June 23, 2016
New from Yaskawa America, Inc. is the Sigma-7 line of rotary, linear and direct drive servos and amplifiers.
Tim Morrison of Dow Corning (now Dow Chemical) explains how they connected the corporate SAP ERP system to Siemens PCS 7 controllers for a closed-loop production scheduling system.

Observations from The Automation Conference & Expo

June 1, 2016
From the value of ERP-to-controller connections to remote access and control, cybersecurity and collaborative robotics, discussions at the 2016 Automation Conference & Expo hit...
The Co-bots are Calling

The Co-bots are Calling

May 24, 2016
Suppliers say collaborative robots represent the disruptive automation that manufactures need to succeed in the future, but safety concerns still loom in the distance.
Yaskawa’s recently opened Robot Village in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Industry Adapting to Collaborative Robots

March 24, 2016
In this exclusive interview with Yaskawa’s Chetan Kapoor, he explains how industry’s evolving mindset toward production, metrics and business models are paving the way for greater...
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Robots and Their Killer Moves

July 17, 2015
With so much fuss lately about killer robots, it might be time to just shut up and dance.

Articles & News

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Supplier News

Yaskawa America, Inc. Introduces i3 Control at Pack Expo

Oct. 20, 2022
iCube Control is the automation technology that puts engineers, application developers, machine builders and designers in total control over their systems.
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Supplier News

Yaskawa America, Inc. Launches New Energy Efficient Drive

June 21, 2022
FP605: A New AC Industrial Fan & Pump Drive Solution For All Environments
OnRobot’s Eyes vision system.

Applying Vision with Robots

Aug. 18, 2020
Incorporating vision into existing production operations is cheaper and easier than ever before, but how do you go about selecting the right camera for your robot application?...
Supplier News

Yaskawa Compass Intended as an Intuitive Interface for Advanced Manufacturing

July 2, 2020
Yaskawa America Inc. recently released Yaskawa Compass, a graphical user interface tool for advanced manufacturing. The software package can benefit multiple applications in 3D...
“Every day that companies delay implementing automation and big data solutions is a missed opportunity as those that are using it are finding immediate, and profitable success,” says Bryan Griffen, director of industry services at PMMI and former group engineering manager at Nestlé.

Increased Investment in Automation Crucial for CPGs

Oct. 25, 2018
A new survey from PMMI shows that Big Data analytics and collaborative robots are seen as potential game changers for consumer packaged goods companies.
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Yaskawa America, Inc. Names New CEO

April 15, 2016
Yaskawa America Inc. (YAI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Knapek, President and COO of the Drives & Motion Division, to the position of CEO.
Clearpath's Otto self-driving vehicle.

Industrial Robot News Heats Up

April 12, 2016
A slew of recent announcements from ABB, Mitsubishi Electric and Yaskawa highlight the rapid advance of industrial robot technology to address specific industrial automation issues...
Close, safe interactions with humans are the goal of ABB’s recently introduced YuMi robot.

Robots Start Getting Personal

April 15, 2015
Collaborative robots gain interest as developers work to foster close interaction between man and machine.

Yaskawa Acquires Solectria Renewables, LLC

July 21, 2014
Yaskawa Electric Corporation and Solectria Renewables, LLC announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement whereby Yaskawa Electric will acquire Solectria Renewables...
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Yaskawa Announces New Website

July 1, 2014
Enhanced functionality will deliver a better user experience

Videos & Resources

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Yaskawa Motoman Showcases Smart Pendant & New Cobot

Sept. 26, 2019
The intuitive program enables the robot to connect the dots without programming. Plus, a sneak peek at the HC20 20kg cobot.
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An ‘easy button’ for robot programming

Oct. 17, 2018
Yaskawa Motoman’s Smart Pendant eliminates conventional coordinate (X,Y,Z) frames, using human coordinate references for robot programming.
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Yaskawa's Unified Control Packaging Demo

March 1, 2015
An overview of Yaskawa's Unified Robot and Machine Control solution for packaging automation.
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Dual-head robotic picking

Feb. 4, 2013
The Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa Americas featured a dual-head robotic picking system that handles up to 185 picks/min.


Michael Knapek

President, CEO

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Yaskawa Introduces A New Addition to Integration Tools Family

May 30, 2015
Yaskawa offers a variety of integration tools to help make commissioning a drive into a communication network easier.
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Now Available: U1000 Industrial MATRIX Drive!

April 24, 2015
In honor of the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day this week, Yaskawa is pleased to introduce its greenest drive ever, the all new U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive!
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Yaskawa Introduces MP3300iec Machine Controller, VIPA SLIO and MotionWorks IEC v3 Software

March 31, 2015
The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of three new motion control products.
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Yaskawa: Intelligent Pump Drive

Dec. 18, 2014
The iQpump Micro intelligent pump drive handles variable-torque pump loads through 25 hp.
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PalletSolver Software Enables Offline Setup of Robotic Palletizing Patterns

Oct. 7, 2014
Yaskawa Motoman is pleased to announce the release of PalletSolver, a revolutionary robotic palletizing software suite for Motoman robots.
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Yaskawa Motoman Expands Delta-Style Product Line with MPP3H Robot

Oct. 7, 2014
The MPP3H is Yaskawa Motoman’s new delta-style robot for packaging, cartoning and kitting applications.
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Yaskawa Motoman: Six-Axis Robot

Jan. 13, 2014
The MH12 works well in assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending and packaging applications.
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Yaskawa Motoman: Teaching Technology for Welding Robots

Nov. 14, 2013
Developed by Robotiq with Yaskawa Motoman, Kinetiq Teaching is a new technology to quickly and easily task welding robots without requiring in-depth programming knowledge.
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New Drive Extends Yaskawa 1000 Series to Medium Voltage Applications

Oct. 2, 2013
The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America announces the release of the MV1000 medium voltage AC drive family.