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Parallel-Link Robot

FANUC has introduced the Intelligent M-3iA/6A robot, a larger version of the company's M-1iA and M-2iA parallel-link robots. Available in a 3-, 4- or 6-axis model, the M-3iA offers the same unique parallel-link structure, and accommodates payloads up to 12 kg. It has a large work envelope of 1,350 mm x 500 mm.

The M-3iA is suitable for simple and complex material handling, material removal or assembly processes for a variety of industries including machinery, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food handling, cosmetics, office supplies, consumer products and solar panels.

The M-3iA 6-axis model has a 3-axis wrist for complex assembly tasks. The extreme flexibility offered by the 3-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 4-axis M-3iA has a single-axis wrist for simple assembly and high-speed picking operations, offering speeds up to 4,000 degrees per second. A hollow wrist allows hoses and cables to be routed internally, which minimizes wear and tear on the tooling cables.

A 3-axis M-3iA has up to 12 kg 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," said a company spokesperson.

The M-3iA parallel-link robot's benefits include:

  • Patent-pending 3-axis, parallel-link wrist maximizes flexibility
  • 6-axis design (3-axis wrist) enables part feeding from the sides of a work zone, increasing the useable workspace
  • 4-axis design (single-axis wrist) moves parts at high speeds; a hollow wrist allows tooling cables to be routed internally, minimizing wear and tear
  • 3-axis design operates at high speeds and offers a 12 kg 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 10 robots through a network exchange of robot positional data
  • FANUC Force Sensor is available for intricate assembly applications.

For more information contact:

FANUC America Corporation

3900 West Hamlin Rd.

Rochester Hills, MI 48309-3253

888-FANUC-US (326-8287)

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