FANUC Robotics introduces M-1iA assembly robot

FANUC Robotics introduces M-1iA assembly robot
June 25, 2009 – FANUC Robotics America introduced the M-1iA intelligent assembly robot. The M-1iA is a lightweight and compact six-axis, parallel-link robot designed for small part handling, high-speed picking and assembly applications. The unique parallel-link structure provides higher speeds and accuracy compared to traditional assembly 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 assembly operations such as part picking for 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 R-30iA controller with integrated intelligent functions such as iRVision, Robot Link, and Collision Guard.

The M-1iA offers a wide range of benefits, including:
  • Lightweight (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.
  • Can be separated from its stand, allowing easy integration into a machine.
  • A camera for iRVision (built-in) can be integrated into the robot.
  • New R-30iA Mate rack-style controller provides intelligent robot functions.
  • 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.

    Integrated (built-in) Vision
    The FANUC iRVision system is a ready-to-use robotic vision package, available on all FANUC robots, requiring only a camera and cable – no additional processing hardware. It has a 2D robot guidance tool to accomplish part location, error proofing, and other operations that normally require special sensors or custom fixtures. For robotic vision processes that exceed the capability of 2D vision systems, FANUC Robotics offers an integrated 3D vision system.
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