Advanced Programming Workshop - Rotary Knife

Class Name/Number: Advanced Programming Workshop - Rotary Knife / TRM020-MPiec-RotaryKnife
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Class Cost: $490

Duration: 3 Days


The Rotary Knife Advanced Programming Workshop is designed to give engineers and programmers the opportunity to successfully organize and program an MPiec controller for a rotary knife application, using MotionWorks IEC - Pro and Yaskawa’s “Toolbox” user libraries. Starting with a desktop demo with basic functionality, the student will follow the Application Resource Manual to successfully organize and program the application. A realistic demo simulator, consisting of a rotary disc and conveyor, along with a high-speed camera will be used for final testing.

Class Topics (include but are not limited to): 

Major Concepts to be implemented are

  • Model cam profiles using the Cam Editor software feature of MotionWorks IE - Pro.
  • Integrate the code produced by Cam Editor with the CamGenerator function block from the Cam Toolbox user library.
  • Smoothly ramp in and ramp out of a cam using the CamBlend function block from the CamToolbox user library.
  • Implement Y_CamShift function block to compensate for products with random spacing
  • Record and buffer product positions based on sensor input, using the ProductBuffer function block from the PLCopen Toolbox user library.
  • Sequence the application using the SFC programming language

Each student works alone at his/her own pace with a desktop demo, while following the instructions in the Application Resource Manual.  The instructor acts as a “consultant”, providing assistance as necessary.

COVID Policies During Training Classes:

Yaskawa America, Technical Training Services follows the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) recommendation of social distancing at least six feet during factory training classes held at the Yaskawa America facility in Waukegan, IL. To meet these recommendations, we’ve physically rearranged the classrooms and limited the number of students enrolled in the class.

Students and instructors must adhere to Yaskawa's safety protocol for mask or face shield utilization in all Yaskawa training facilities, which follow local, state or federal mask orders or revised CDC guidelines. Students should bring with them and may wear during the class, a facemask or face shield approved by the CDC for COVID-19 face protection based on Yaskawa’s safety protocol level at the time of their scheduled class.


Yaskawa TTS provides a number of training classes for its customers that require the use of low level voltages (120vac, 208vac and 460vac). To ensure a level of safety for the student while working with training class equipment using these voltages, TTS follows an Arc Flash Policy that is consistent with NFPA 70E.

Each student attending class must wear non-melting, untreated, natural fiber long pants.


This class is designed for the programming engineer who already has significant application experience in the MotionWorks IEC programming environment.

1. Complete the class MPiec Intermediate Application Programming (TRM020-MPiec-Intermediate) or equivalent. Equivalent programming experience will be considered in place of this class on a case-by-case basis.

2. Come with a basic grasp of the SFC programming language, Cam Editor, Electronic Camming, and Buffering. View the Rotary Knife APW eLearning Video playlist on YouTube.

3. This class is math-intensive. The student is expected to be able to generate and understand mathematical equations, given the explanations and illustrations in the Application Resource Manual. The Application Resource Manual may be previewed here.

4. Final programming functionality will be proven using a high-speed camera. This video is an example of what the application looks like in slow motion.

If you’re not sure if this class is right for you, call the Technical Training Services at 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292) dial 41.

Class Format:

The number of days required to finish depends largely on the student’s existing programming expertise in MotionWorks IEC. The student may leave as soon as all programming requirements are completed. Remember that each student works alone at his/her own pace with a desktop demo while following the instructions in the Application Resource Manual, while the instructor acts as a “consultant”, providing limited assistance as necessary.

The desktop demo may be checked out for the evening, should the student wish to work outside of class.

The class consists of approximately 5% lecture and 95% hands-on exercises.

Class Cost:

Contact Yaskawa for pricing at 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292) dial 41. The fee that you will be charged includes all training documents, continental breakfast each morning, and lunch each day. Costs associated with travel, lodging, and evening meals are not included and are the student's responsibility.

Continuing Education Units:

Continuing Education Units will be awarded to those students that attend this training class in its entirety and pass the certification test with a score of 100% Yaskawa does not provide partial CEU credits for less than 100% attendance. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Yaskawa America Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Yaskawa America, Inc. is accredited by IACET to offer 1.4 CEUs for this program. 

To Enroll:

To enroll in any scheduled class, go to Request Training or call 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292), dial 41. Class sizes are limited, so call early to reserve your seat.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Yaskawa reserves the right to cancel a scheduled class at any time due to low student enrollment. In this situation, the student will be asked to reschedule or the tuition cost will be refunded. Yaskawa is not liable for any charges incurred by the customer (i.e.; airline, hotel, and rental car) due to cancellation.

A student may cancel their enrollment more than one week before the start of the class with no penalty. A student wishing to cancel their enrollment within one week of the class start date will be subject to these charges:

  • The cancellation fee for end-users, if canceling within one week for a scheduled factory class is 50% of the total class tuition fee.
  • The cancellation fee for Drives and Motion Distributors, if canceling within one week of a scheduled factory training class is 100% of the total tuition fee.
  • The cancellation fee for end-users and distributors, if canceling an on-site class within three weeks of a scheduled class date is 100% of the class tuition and logistical fees.