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FANUC Robotics Demonstrates Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) at Fabtech 2011

FANUC America Corporation

FANUC Robotics America will demonstrate its Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) program featuring its M-1iA CERT cart and a Lincoln Electric education cell with an ARC Mate 50iC/5L during Fabtech 2011, Nov. 14-17, held at McCormick Center in Chicago, booth #5928.
The CERT program certifies instructors at high schools, trades schools, community colleges and universities to train their students to program FANUC robots through on-line and hands-on training courses. All CERT training carts use the same controller that runs every FANUC robot, so classroom training provides students the job-ready skills to work with FANUC robots in industry.
“As more companies incorporate robotics into their operations, the demand for high paying careers related to designing, implementing and using industrial robots is increasing,” said Andy Denny, vice president, FANUC Robotics. “CERT significantly enhances student learning and provides training for real-world applications with real-world industrial robots.”
At the show, a CERT cart with an M-1iA/0.5A six-axis “Genkotsu” robot equipped with iRVision®  will pick two different colored copper pipe cleaners randomly-located on an incoming conveyor and place them on a tray. The robot then transfers the parts to an outgoing conveyor and the cycle repeats.  This showcases the robot’s ability to pick and place different color parts using the iRVision camera. 
Also at the show the ARC Mate 50iC/5L robot uses iRVision to locate the weld joint on a demo coupon, and the robot traces a weld path. An operator shifts the position of the demo coupon to show how iRVision corrects for changes made to a program.
FANUC Robotics’ CERT carts are compact, portable, self-contained educational robotic labs used to train students how to program an industrial robot in a safe and controlled environment (optional table-top mounting is available).
The CERT educational mobile lab includes a FANUC LR Mate 200iC or M-1iA robot, a color graphic iPendant, Collision Guard, Dual-Check Safety, and a wide range of hardware and software features including a 120V transformer, compressor, vacuum or clamping gripper, tooling, HandlingTool software, ROBOGUIDE simulation, Web courses, and iRVision 2D. 
Additional options include the FANUC force sensor, conveyors, vision lighting kits, and solar panels. If a customer requires a larger-size robot for their training facility, FANUC Robotics will work with them to develop a custom solution.
FANUC Robotics CERT program has been incorporated in a variety of curriculums including: 
o       Industrial, Mechanical and Manufacturing
o       Engineering or Technology Degrees
o       Digital Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing and Manufacturing Management
o       Inspection and Quality Control
o       Operations Management
o       CAD/Virtual Prototyping
o       Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
M-1iA Intelligent Robot “Genkotsu” Robot
The M-1iA is a lightweight and compact six-axis, parallel-link robot designed for small part handling, high-speed picking, packing, and assembly applications. The unique parallel-link structure provides higher speeds and accuracy compared to traditional handling robots. The robot can be installed in a variety of orientations, and has a three-axis wrist, making it extremely flexible.  The M-1iA also offers a four-axis model for simple operations such as part picking or kitting. A single-axis wrist offers speeds up to 3000 degrees per second. 
The M-1iA, like all FANUC robots, operates with the company’s latest controller with integrated intelligent functions such as iRVision, Force Sensing and Robot Link. 
The M-1iA offers a wide range of benefits, including:
·        Lightweight (14kg for 4-axis model; 17kg for 6-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.
LR Mate 200iC Intelligent Robot
The LR Mate 200iC, a member of FANUC Robotics’ family of lightweight, compact mini-robots, offers ‘best in class’ wrist load capacity, repeatability, work envelope, and speed for a variety of applications including material handling, assembly, picking, machine tending and packaging.
The intelligent LR Mate 200iC meets the needs of a wide range of industries including alternative energy, electronics, plastics, packaged and consumer goods, machine tool, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  It quickly adapts to small lot sizes, new styles and other modifications, providing manufacturers an affordable solution for small part, flexible production.  
The LR Mate 200iC robot offers customers a wide range of benefits, including:
·        Flexible six-axis design. 
·        12 model variations to solve a variety of manufacturing challenges.
·        Large motion range - horizontal reach up to 892mm.
·        High-speed, precise operation minimizes processing times.
·        Slim arm allows it to work in small work spaces.
·        Multiple mounting methods including floor, ceiling, angle and wall.
·        Built-in vision and force sensing. 
ARC Mate 50iC/5L Robot
“The ARC Mate 50iC/5L offers the education market high-speed operation with optimum path performance and wrist load capacity, making it ideal for most robotic welding applications,” said Mike Sharpe, materials joining, FANUC Robotics America. “These and other features make it the most powerful and affordable mini-robot in its class.”
The six-axis, ARC Mate 50iC/5L robot is extremely light and compact, and rates ‘best in class’ for its wrist load capacity, repeatability, work envelope, and speed.  
The intelligent ARC Mate 50iC/5L is designed to meet the materials joining application needs of a variety of industries including automotive, agricultural, furniture, recreational, and many more. Its design enhancements and flexibility to quickly adapt to small lot sizes, new styles, and other modifications provides manufacturers an affordable solution for small part, flexible production.  
Ideal for high volume applications or small batch production, the slim and lightweight robot can be mounted in a variety of positions including floor, tabletop, inside machines, angle and invert, which maximizes flexibility for small and narrow workspaces. 
The ARC Mate 50iC/5L robot offers a wide range of benefits, including:
·         Greatest reach and stroke in class
·         High wrist load capacity – utilizes standard robotic welding torches
·         Higher rigidity for smooth motion and improved weld quality
·         Slim arm to allow operation in narrow spaces
·         Enhanced motion performance for ‘best in class’ speed
·         ‘Best in class’ work envelope
·         Slim wrist allows for improved motion range and torch accessibility  
·         Single-phase power input with an available 115 VAC option
 FANUC Force Sensing  
FANUC’s Force Sensors are fully integrated into the CPU of every FANUC controller. Available in four models ranging from 15kg to 250kg, FANUC Force Sensors provide the most robust and reliable solutions in the market.  A single source solution developed and supported by FANUC, the FANUC Force Sensors offer easy setup and operation for factory operations requiring part matching, meshing, inserting, force loading and deburring. 
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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