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FANUC Robotics Demonstrated Intelligent Bin Picking at 2011 imX Show

FANUC Robotics America demonstrated intelligent bin picking with its R-1000iA high-speed, compact robot equipped with iRVsion 3DL at the 2011 imX Show.

At the show, an R-1000iA/80F robot equipped with the iRVision 3DL laser vision sensor located and picked randomly piled connecting rods from a storage container. After vision verified the correct grip position, the robot transferred the part to a second container. Automatic bin avoidance software was used to position the camera and tooling to avoid colliding with the bin walls.

The R-1000iA/80F has an 80 kg payload, and the R-1000iA/100F has a 100 kg 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," said a company spokesperson. "The narrow footprint of the R-1000iA also allows for easy access to adjacent robots, fixtures and workpieces. 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," said Mike Althaver, Product Manager, FANUC Robotics. "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."

According to FANUC, R-1000iA features and benefits include:

  • 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 80 kg or 100 kg 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.

For more information contact:

FANUC Robotics America, Inc.

3900 West Hamlin Rd.

Rochester Hills, MI 48309-3253



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