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Fanuc Robotics UK has brought out a lightweight and compact, parallel link design robot.

The M-1iA robot is designed for high-speed electronics assembly and picking and packing of light components.

It is available with four- or six-axis options, which weigh only 14 and 17kg respectively.

The parallel link structure allows higher speeds and greater accuracy than conventional SCARA type assembly arms.

Handling a payload of 500g, the M-1iA will complete the standard pick and place trial of 25mm up, 200mm linear and 25mm down in 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.

The robot can be mounted at any angle.

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.

To benefit from iRVision, the robot simply requires 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.

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.


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.


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.


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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