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IRvision from Fanuc Robotics is an integrated vision hardware and software option for its robots. The company believes that adding ‘sight’ to a robot can expand its potential in the food sector for applications such as pick-and-place and packaging/palletising.

IRvision is an optional software module of the R-30IB controller. Within the IRvision package are IRvision 2D, IRvision 2.5D, IRvision 3D, IRvision 3DL (laser) and IRvision 3D area sensor, together with a range of associated hardware components.

Cameras can be high resolution, low resolution or colour, depending on the application requirements.

The flexibility and intelligence of a robot with the benefit of vision enables high-level functions such as picking, inspection, barcode and data matrix recognition and line tracking to be achieved.

Integrating vision into the control package is said to allow food companies to incorporate features such as visual line tracking into their robotic set-ups without the need for external PCs.

Fanuc also now has the ability to offer a user-friendly and graphically driven way of programming visual line tracking applications and enables single camera/multiple robot applications.

Key features and benefits

  • Mimics the hand-eye co-ordination of a human and can accurately pick random products off a conveyor
  • Automates a host of vital inspection, positioning and orientation tasks
  • Code reading capabilities play a key role in helping food companies meet product traceability requirements
  • IRvision offers a simple, plug-and-play solution
  • Set-up is via the Ipendant Touch, a handheld pendant that acts as the interface between the operator and the controller

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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