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FANUC Robotics Demonstrates High-Speed Picking at Fabtech 2011

FANUC America Corporation

FANUC Robotics America demonstrated high-speed picking with its intelligent M-3iA “Genkotsu” robot during Fabtech 2011, Nov. 14-17, held at McCormick Center in Chicago, booth #5928.
The M-3iA robot is a larger version of the company’s M-1iA “Genkotsu” robot.  Available in a four- or six-axis model, the M-3iA offers the same unique parallel-link structure, and accommodates payloads up to 6kg. 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 Jessica Beltran, product manager, FANUC Robotics. “A completely enclosed structure also makes it safe for food environments.”

At the show, an M-3iA/6S four-axis robot equipped with iRVision® Visual Tracking located and picked randomly-oriented stamped parts from an in-feed conveyor. The robot stacked parts into two different nests at rates exceeding 90 ppm. The demonstration featured the M-3iA’s enhanced wrist which is 20 percent faster than the previous model.   

The M-3iA six-axis model has a three-axis, patent-pending 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. 
A 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. 
The M-3iA, like all FANUC robots, operates with the company’s latest 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.
* Portable and compact size allows operation in small spaces.
* 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.
* 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.
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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