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Fanuc Robotics has launched the R-1000iA/100F, a 100kg robot that is said to consume less energy than conventional spot welding robots in automated processes.

The R-1000iA/100F is designed for high-speed handling and in particular for spot welding.

The weight-saving design of the R-1000iA/100F has low energy consumption, and its slim arm moves 100kg robots into a more compact class, reducing cell size significantly.

The robot’s narrow footprint of 515mm width and its ceiling or floor mounting options also help to ease access and space allocation for tooling in densely populated manufacturing cells.

A reach of 2.23Mtrs allows scope for large work areas to be processed by a single R-1000iA/100F robot.

The compact and lighter design is said to make the R-1000iA/100F faster than conventional spot welding robots, providing fast cycle times with repeatability of +/-0.2mm.

For spot welding, an optional dress-out package (wire, gas and power supplies) allows high speeds to be maintained without risk of snagging as cabling is internally routed through its lightweight forearm to the wrist.

Used for general-purpose applications, the robot is suitable for operation in aggressive environments such as waterjet cutting and casting applications.

Both its wrist and joint three are sealed against water and dust to IP67 standard.

The R-1000iA/100F runs with Fanuc Robotics’ intelligent controller, the R-30iA series, which is an open-architecture system with integrated intelligent functions including vision, force-sensing and position-checking software.

Control of up to 40 multiple axes is available with the R-30iA controller and when used in multi-arm mode one controller can control four arms and four auxiliary axes groups.

FANUC UK provides industrial automation solutions ranging from the supply of CNC controllers, robots, drilling machines, EDM and injection moulding machines through to the complete integration of factory automation systems.

Providing a single customer support portal for its three core businesses, FANUC comprises FA — CNC controllers, motors and drives; robotics — industrial robots and systems; robomachines — EDM, injection moulding and drilling machines.

CNC

FANUC’s FA business manufactures CNC controls, drive systems and laser systems. With a 65 per cent market share in the global CNC control sector, FANUC is the market leader. FANUC CNC is the controller of choice for the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers; continuously developing functionality sees FANUC CNC control being used in a wide range of applications — combining powerful control and high precision with unparalleled reliability.

FANUC servo drives and motors are well proven — aimed at the machine builder, they offer the widest range of high-performance compact designs.  The high availability and ease of maintenance together with world-class, energy-efficient designs make them the motors of choice for thousands of OEMs around the world.

Robotics 

FANUC’s robotics business manufactures the widest range of robots in the world for applications from micro-electronics assembly to the forging of precision aerofoils for jet engines — in industries as diverse as pharmaceutical and potato processing — and with maximum payloads from 1kg to 1,350kg. More than 280,000 FANUC robots are operating worldwide, with production currently geared to meet demands of 5,000 per month. FANUC robots are truly ‘out-of-the-box’ automation designed to be totally flexible and, with application-specific options, straightforward to integrate.

Robomachine

FANUC’s robomachine business manufactures Robodrill machining centres, Robocut EDM machines and Roboshot electric injection-moulding machines. Using FANUC components throughout, the robomachine business builds on the advanced technology, reliability, energy efficiency and innovation of its own controllers, drives and motors. With a focus on energy efficiency and high reliability, the robomachine business developed the first all-electric injection-moulding machines — Roboshot — changing the mould shop into a much cleaner and quieter environment.

Customer support

From initial sales contact with FANUC through the life of the product, FANUC provides one single contact point to make sure support is always at hand with up-to-date advice, genuine warranted parts and, whenever possible, obsolescence avoidance solutions that ensure the lifetime delivery of maximum efficiency.

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