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New LRMate 200-iD and M-2iA stand-alone production Robots from FANUC
New LRMate 200-iD and M-2iA stand-alone production Robots from FANUC

New LRMate 200-iD and M-2iA stand-alone production Robots from FANUC

Focusing on providing factory automation equipment for mainstream production requirements, FANUC UK has rolled out two new, high efficiency, energy saving, robot arms.  The six axes LRMate 200-iD and the Delta arm configuration ‘Genkotsu’ M-2iA are both ideally suited for integration by machine builders or as stand-alone production units.

Drawing on FANUC’s world leading position in CNC control and drive systems, both products focus on delivering energy savings and high-speed performance.  Regenerative braking, path optimisation and intuitive teaching all help to provide manufacturers with a highly cost effective alternative to specialist dedicated hardware.

General purpose production robot  

FANUC’s latest version of its successful LRMate 200 robot is ideally suited for integration into special purpose machinery or for general purpose handling and is now more compact, faster, has increased payload and a larger work envelope.

Weighing in at an overall 25kg the new LRMate is 2kg less than its predecessor and, combined with a reduction in arm width of 15mm, the compact unit provides a cost-effective handling or transfer solution for machine and system builders.

The six axes LRMate 200iD has an increased payload, up from 5kg to 7kg with an uprated wrist assembly making longer tool offsets possible.  Increased joint speeds on every axes of up to 25%, together with wrist moment and wrist inertia improvements, have resulted in the LRMate 200iD being able to perform the industry standard bench test (25mm by 300mm by 25mm) with 1kg payload 35% faster at .32sec or 187.5 cycles per min.

Installation and access with the new arm is improved by the slim design and increased work envelope; reach is increased both horizontally and vertically.  Its lower weight and ceiling, wall or floor mounting options allow integrators to design machines with ease of access to reduce lost production time when re-tooling or carrying out maintenance procedures.

Integrated signal cable and pneumatics are enclosed within the robot arm, from base to forearm mounted connectors, helping to prevent snagging in confined cells and speed up programming.  In addition to air, input/output connections and three double-acting solenoid valves the LRMate is now equipped with integrated sensor, Ethernet and auxiliary axis cables.

High speed assembly and picking robot

The new 3kg payload parallel link FANUC M-2iA fills a gap between the existing 1kg and 6kg arms in its Genkotsu Series. The M-2iA provides a large work envelope, with high throughput performance for mid-range assembly and handling tasks.

Two variants of the M-2iA are introduced, a standard reach and a long reach, to address a wide range of applications in the food, electronics and general manufacturing sectors.  Both arms are 4 axes, the fourth axis being a wrist rotation providing speeds up to 3,500 degrees per second.
The parallel link structure allows higher speeds and greater accuracy than conventional SCARA type assembly arms.  Handling a test payload of 1kg the M-2iA will complete the standard pick and place trial of 25mm up, 305mm linear and 25mm down in just 0.27 seconds, 222 cycles per minute, at +/- 0.1mm repeatability.

Aimed at assembly and packing operations the parallel link structure is the ideal line builder solution where space is confined; the cylindrical work envelope, up to 400mm deep and 1,130mm in diameter is concentric to the robot mounting base making it straight-forward to position and guard relative to peripheral equipment.

A hollow wrist design allows for control cabling and pneumatics to be routed neatly avoiding snagging, helping to make programming faster and allowing fast wrist rotations.

Both new robots are controlled by the new energy saving

R-30iB controller, FANUC’s latest generation of intelligent controller. Packed with smart features the R-30iB is compact and when used in multi robot systems can be stacked to save valuable space.  Features include iRVision, real time interactive iPendant Touch, Learning Vibration Control (LVC) for path optimisation and auto motor braking for power saving.
All that the robots require to benefit from iRVision is a camera and a cable to connect it to the controller – a housing is provided in the M-2iA robot body to position a camera above the wrist.

Published on MTD CNC by FANUC UK Ltd on 03 July 2013

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