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FANUC America Demonstrates Ultra High-Speed Picking with New M-1iA/1H Parallel-Link “Genkotsu” Robot

FANUC America Corporation

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – FANUC America Corporation demonstrates ultra high-speed battery picking with its new intelligent M-1iA/1H parallel-link “Genkotsu” robot during Pack Expo 2013, Sept. 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in booth #4742.

The new M-1iA/1H three-axis robot offers a one kg payload, and is designed for super high-speed pick and place applications.  “The M-1iA/1H is ideal for packagers that require fast and accurate part picking without the need to rotate the parts,” said Philip Zanotti, product manager, FANUC America.  “In addition, the new wrist offers a hollow design for simplification of end-of-arm-tool (EOAT) dress-out.” 

At Pack Expo, the new FANUC M-1iA/1H will pick small batteries flowing down a conveyor and place them into a packaging tray at very high speeds. 

“The M-1iA family of parallel-link robots is a perfect fit for a variety of applications including assembly, pick and place, packing, and kitting,” added Zanotti.  “The robots are very easy to integrate into production lines, and easy to learn, which minimizes downtime and maximizes output.”

M-1iA Intelligent “Genkotsu” Robot

In addition to the new M-1iA/1H, the M-1iA family of robots includes the M-1iA/0.5A six-axis model and the M-1iA/0.5S four-axis model.  The unique parallel-link structure provides higher speeds and accuracy compared to traditional handling robots.   Like all FANUC robots, the M-1iA operates with the company’s latest integrated intelligent functions such as iRVision, Force Sensing and Robot Link.

The M-1iA offers a wide range of benefits, including:
  • Lightweight (12kg for three-axis model; 14kg for four-axis model; 17kg for six-axis model), compact size allows operation in small spaces.
  • Six-axis design enables part feeding from the sides of a work zone, increasing the useable workspace.
  • Multiple installation orientations accommodate a wide range of work areas.
  • Unique parallel-link design maximizes speed.
  • Supports a multiple arm configuration of up to four robots.
  • A camera for iRVision (built-in) can be integrated into the robot.
  • Mate rack-style controller provides intelligent robot functions.
  • Robot Link controls and coordinates up to ten robots through a network exchange of robot positional data.
  • FANUC Force Sensor is available for intricate assembly applications.
FANUC iRVision 

FANUC iRVision is a truly integrated, plug-and-go vision system that runs on the standard CPU of every FANUC R-30iB controller without any additional hardware.  A single source solution developed and supported by FANUC, iRVision offers easy setup and operation for factory environments requiring 2D and 3D guidance, error proofing, visual tracking, and quality control – all with FANUC’s world-renowned reliability.

Next Generation R-30iB Controller

The FANUC R-30iB Controller uses high-performance hardware and the latest advances in network communications, integrated iRVision, and motion control functions.  The R-30iB Controller features FANUC’s exclusive new and easy-to-use iPendant with 4D graphics.  The iPendant displays process information and the actual process path directly on the iPendant screen, enabling easier setup and troubleshooting. 

Based on the latest FANUC Series 30iB CNC Controller, the R-30iB Robot Controller is compact, providing customers a significant space savings.  The R-30iB Controller is also energy efficient, requiring less power consumption than previous models, and available with an optional power regeneration feature.

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation provides the most complete range of industrial automation equipment including robots, CNCs, and motion control products. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, Mich., 48309, and is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan.  FANUC America has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Lake Forest, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, CA; Minneapolis; Pine Brook, NJ; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Aguascalientes and Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

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