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The M410-IC/185 universal palletising robot from Fanuc Robotics UK is claimed to offer excellent speed, payload, energy efficiency and reach. The robot is suitable for a range of industries and can palletise items ranging from bags of sugar to slabs of concrete. The M410-IC/185 can handle anything from bags, sacks, cartons, shrink-wrapped trays and crates to cans, barrels and bricks.

In designing the new-generation robot, Fanuc engineers have built a four-axis arm that can stack pallets as high as 2.4m. At the same time, they have reduced the robot’s footprint to 610 x 806mm and energy consumption to a maximum of 3kW/hr.

The four-axis robot also has high wrist-load inertia, which renders it equally suitable for handling bulky items such as nappies using very large grippers and compact, heavy items such as tins of paint or bottle crates.

The balancer has been eliminated from the design, improving uptime by increasing the M410-IC/185’s reliability. The life of the gripper services is lengthened by a 56mm-diameter hollow wrist for running cables and hoses. Fanuc anticipates that this combination of features will make the M410-IC/185 particularly appealing to high-volume producers and packers.

Two versions are available: a pedestal base with an integral controller or a compact base with a remote controller, providing design options where ceiling height and footprint are key considerations.

Key features and benefits

  • The M410-IC/185 delivers a 16 per cent higher wrist load and 13 per cent greater throughput than its predecessor, the M410-IB/160, thanks to advances in servo drive and motor technology.
  • A 185kg payload coupled with an average speed of 1,700 cycles per hour results in heightened productivity and more efficient palletising of heavier loads.
  • The robot’s extended reach and stack height capability create a large work envelope, which, in conjunction with high-speed operation, allows a single M410-IC/185 to service multiple lines in high-volume environments.
  • The M410-IC/185 features a built-in programmable machine controller that enables it to act as a complete cell controller, thereby reducing system control costs and simplifying integration of standalone palletising systems.
  • The intelligent robot’s touchscreen pendant has been enhanced to display 4D graphics, giving operators a user-friendly tool for viewing process information including cell layout and status, as well as providing the capability to act as the system HMI.
  • The M410IC/185 takes advantage of Fanuc integrated IRvision cameras for product location, recognition and inspection, in addition to barcode reading and line tracking.

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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