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FANUC America Demonstrates High-Speed Palletizing/De-palletizing With New M-410iC/185 Robot At Pack Expo 2013

FANUC America Corporation

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – FANUC Robotics America will demonstrate high-speed palletizing/de-palletizing with its new M-410iC/185 palletizing robot during Pack Expo 2013, Sept. 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in booth #4742.

The new M-410iC/185 robot is designed for high-volume production in case, bag and bottle palletizing operations.  It features a 185 kg payload, and a slim arm with a hollow wrist design including integrated cable routing to minimize interference with tooling and other peripheral devices.  

“Our new M-410iC/185 robot provides a 16% improvement in payload, and a 13% increase in throughput compared to previous models,” said Wes Garrett, product manager, FANUC America.  “These significant enhancements will allow our packaging customers to get more products out the door very quickly.”

At the show, the four-axis M-410iC/185 intelligent high-speed palletizing robot will palletize four layers of cases from two in-feed stations.  Different case sizes will demonstrate the robot’s ability to perform mixed-layer and multi-case palletizing.   The robot then uses iRVision® to locate the boxes on the pallet to de-palletize them back onto the in-feed stations.  DCS Speed and Position Check Software restricts the travel of the robot to the exact area in which it works.

“The M-410iC/185 is a very high speed and powerful palletizing robot,” added Garrett.  “It’s capable of performing 1,700 standard palletizing cycles an hour, making it the fastest palletizing robot in its class.”

The robot also features a large work envelope that when combined with its high-speed operation allows a single M-410iC/185 to service multiple lines in high-volume environments.

The M-410iC/185 robot benefits:
  • Achieves palletizing speeds up to 1,700 cycles per hour (best-in-class throughput).
  • Hollow wrist minimizes interference with peripheral device allowing clean, worry-free dress-out solutions for palletizing.
  • The 185kg payload allows more flexibility in EOAT design and ability to pick more products.
  • Two base types are available: pedestal (integrated controller) and compact base (remote controller).
  • Proven, reliable FANUC servo drives provide the highest uptime and productivity.
  • Able to operate in environments ranging from harsh to traditional factory floor.
  • Operates with the company’s latest R-30iB controller with integrated intelligent functions such as iRVision, Collision Guard, Dual Check Safety, ROBOGUIDE/PalletPRO, and PalletTool software.
FANUC iRVision 

FANUC’s 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.

Dual Check Safety (DCS) Speed and Position Check Software

Prior to the application of safety rated robot software, all safeguarding of the robot needed to be external, and required a safety rated limit switch or cam system, safety rated area scanners, or other devices to limit robot travel or enhance protection. 

DCS safety rated robot software allows the safety design of the robot system to use the robot itself for some of the safety functions.

The most significant benefit of DCS Speed and Position Check is in applications where the travel of the robot needs to be restricted due to floor space or process limits that are less than the full reach of the robot.  Restricting the robot motion in Cartesian space means the robot can be restrained to exactly the area in which it works; something that is not possible with the current systems that limit robot motion externally using limit switches.

“By moving some of the safety functions to within the robot, customers will realize significant savings in floor space, flexibility in system layout, reduced hardware costs, and improved reliability,” said Garrett.

In addition, safe "zones" can be enabled and disabled from an external source such as a safety PLC (based on the cell design).  Designing a system with multiple zones and appropriate guarding means an operator can safely enter and leave the workspace of the robot.

“This streamlines the design of robot cells because it prevents the robot from entering the load area when an operator is present,” added Garrett. This type of application is possible with existing technology, but it is typically difficult to setup, expensive to implement, and requires more floor space than a system using DCS.”

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.

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Cathy Powell
Marketing Communications
(248) 377-7570

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