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New compact high-speed robot requires minimal workspace

Written by JOC, posted in Client News on September 7, 2009

A new lightweight and compact, parallel link design robot has been introduced by FANUC Robotics UK Ltd. Designed for high speed electronics assembly and picking and packing of light components, the M-1iA robot is available with 4 or 6 axes options and weighs in at only 14Kgs and 17Kgs respectively.

The parallel link structure allows higher speeds and greater accuracy than conventional SCARA type assembly arms. Handling a payload of 500gms the M-1iA will complete the standard pick and place trial of 25mm up, 200mm linear and 25mm down in only 0.3 seconds and with a repeatability of 0.02mm.

The lightweight design and compact size, measuring just 421mm wide by 500mm deep, allows the M-1iA to take up no more space than a human operator working at an assembly conveyor. The actual work envelope, 280mm diameter, is maintained within the width of the robot body making guarding requirements straight-forward and unobtrusive to human operators when working alongside. The robot also provides a potentially portable solution to meeting production requirements as required.

A removable stand ensures that the M-1iA is easily integrated into a machine and this is further enhanced by the robots suitability to be mounted at any angle of orientation. This increases the opportunities for multiple robot installations where work envelopes may be required to overlap.

The FANUC Robotics M-1iA is controlled by the intelligent R-30iA controller with integrated functions including iRVision, Robot Link and Collision protection. All that the robot requires to benefit from iRVision is a camera and a cable to connect it to the controller – a housing is provided in the robot body to position a camera above the wrist of the M-1ia.