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FANUC Robotics Demonstrates Intelligent Bin Picking at Fabtech 2011

FANUC America Corporation

FANUC Robotics America will demonstrate intelligent bin picking with its R-1000iA high-speed, compact robot equipped with iRVsion® 3DL during Fabtech 2011, Nov. 14-17, held at McCormick Center in Chicago, booth #5928.
 
At the show, an R-1000iA/80F robot equipped with the iRVision 3DL laser vision sensor locates and picks randomly piled connecting rods from a storage container. After vision verifies the correct grip position, the robot transfers the part to a second container.  Automatic bin avoidance software is used to position the camera and tooling to avoid colliding with the bin walls.    
 
“We’re showing manufacturers how easy and practical robot vision can be, even for bin picking, which is typically a very challenging robotic process,” said Raad Asmaro, product manager, FANUC Robotics.
 
R-1000iA Intelligent Robot
 
The R-1000iA/80F has an 80kg payload, and the R-1000iA/100F has a 100kg payload. Both robots feature a slim design, allowing customers to reduce the overall size of their automation system by using more robots in each work cell, or making work cells with a single robot significantly smaller. The narrow footprint
of the R-1000iA also allows for easy access to adjacent robots, fixtures and work pieces. The R-1000iA can be floor or invert mounted, and has a large work envelope. 
 
“The R-1000iA is also more energy efficient than robots with larger payloads,” added Asmaro. “Manufacturers using much smaller work cells that require less conveyance equipment, sensors, and control panels will realize an added energy advantage provided by smaller automation systems. This equates to a greener facility using less energy for costly utilities such as lighting, heating, and cooling.”
  
R-1000iA Features and Benefits
 
·        Very small footprint reduces size of automation system.
·        High-density installations allow work to be completed in fewer stations.
·        Single-robot work cells can be designed to fit in tight spaces.
·        High-speed operation minimizes robot cycle times.
·        Simple serial-link configuration with large operating envelope (including rear and downward side).
·        Upright or invert mounting accommodates a wide range of work areas.
·        Substantial wrist load ratings support the latest compact servo weld guns.
·        IP67 rated wrist allows operation in wet conditions.
·        Right sized for 80kg or 100kg applications reduces energy usage.
·        Optional Solution Arm dressout package with internal cable routing for spot welding processes.
·        The latest robot controller offers a variety of intelligent functions including iRVision, Force Sensing, ROBOGUIDE, Robot Link, and Collision Guard.
 
FANUC iRVision 
 
FANUC’s iRVision is a truly integrated, plug-and-go vision system that runs on the standard CPU of every FANUC 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.
 
FANUC Robotics America designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products, and complete support services.  After 29 years of success, FANUC Robotics maintains its position as the leading robotics company in the Americas. Over 100,000 FANUC robots are installed in the Americas, and 250,000 worldwide. A subsidiary of FANUC Corporation in Japan, the company is headquartered in Detroit, and has facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte; Cincinnati; Toronto; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.   
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