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FANUC America Introduces Innovative Learning Software To Enhance Speed and Performance of Pick and Place Robots at Pack Expo 2013

FANUC America Corporation

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – FANUC America Corporation will introduce Genkotsu Learning Control (GLC), an innovative learning software designed to enhance the speed and performance of the M-3iA series of parallel-link “Genkotsu” robots during Pack Expo 2013, Sept. 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in booth #4742.

FANUC’s patented GLC software improves robot performance by learning the unique properties of the application and then optimizing the robot motion performance for the specific application. 

“GLC uses iterative learning techniques to optimize the speed and motion performance of our M-3iA Genkotsu robots,” said Rob Totten, application engineer, FANUC America.  “Motion times can be reduced by up to 10%, all while keeping the robot duty within an acceptable range – something less-advanced speedup methods are unable to achieve.”

At the show, a FANUC M-3iA/6S four-axis robot equipped with GLC will pick boxes of chocolate three at a time from a line-tracked in-feed conveyor and pack them into a fixed station case at very high speeds.  A push button will allow attendees to disable GLC to observe the process at slower speeds.  The robot with GLC enabled will show a significant improvement in throughput compared to the non-GLC mode, all while maintaining its path and FANUC’s legendary reliability. 

“The demonstration uses FANUC’s new iRPickTool software which simplifies setup for line tracking systems and minimizes programming for customers with picking applications,” said Jessica Beltran, product manager, FANUC America.   “We’re also using the new ROBOGUIDE/iRPickPRO software, which allows customers to simulate visual tracking systems with multiple robots for testing and validating real-world scenarios on a PC.”

FANUC M-3iA robot

The M-3iA robot is a larger version of the company’s M-1iA and new M-2iA “Genkotsu” robots.  Available in a three, four or six-axis model, the M-3iA offers the same unique parallel-link structure, and accommodates payloads up to 12kg.  In addition, it has the largest work envelope of any robot in its class (1350mm x 500mm).

“The M-3iA is ideal for both simple and complex assembly of electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, office supplies, consumer products, and solar panels,” said Beltran.

The M-3iA six-axis model has a three-axis wrist for complex assembly tasks.  The extreme flexibility offered by the three-axis wrist enables the robot to pick up and insert parts at simple or compound angles, and twist parts into place, similar to the flexibility offered by a manual operator. 

The four-axis M-3iA has a single-axis wrist for simple assembly and high-speed picking operations, offering speeds up to 4000 degrees per second.  In addition, a hollow wrist allows hoses and cables to be routed internally, which minimizes wear and tear on the tooling cables. 

A three-axis M-3iA has up to 12kg payload and offers higher throughput when the applications do not require orientation control of the product. 

The M-3iA, like all FANUC robots, operates with the company’s latest R-30iB Controller with integrated intelligent functions such as iRVision, Force Sensing, Robot Link, and Collision Guard. 

The M-3iA “Genkotsu” robot offers a wide range of benefits, including:
  • Patent-pending three-axis, parallel-link wrist maximizes flexibility.
  • Six-axis design (three-axis wrist) enables part feeding from the sides of a work zone, increasing the useable workspace.
  • Four-axis design (single-axis wrist) moves parts at extremely high speeds; a hollow wrist allows tooling cables to be routed internally, minimizing wear and tear.
  • Three-axis design operates at high speeds and offers a 12kg payload.
  • Food option with food-grade grease features a special coating to handle acid and alkaline disinfectants, and low-pressure rinsing.
  • Ability to work with primary (unpackaged) or secondary (packaged) food products.
  • IP67 rating for the entire robot means the robot is waterproof and can withstand harsh environments, including dust and oil mist.
  • Collision Guard detects robot collisions with external objects, minimizing damage to the part and robot.
  • 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 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.

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Cathy Powell
Marketing Communications
(248) 377-7570

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