Heavy-duty robot supports up to 3,000-lb. payload

August 11, 2009

FANUC Robotics America Inc. has introduced the new M-2000iA/1200 super-heavy-duty robot. It can support up to a 3,000-lb. payload with a 23.62-in. offset from the faceplate and full articulated motion at the wrist.

The robot operates with the company's R-30iA controller, with functions such as vision and force sensing. Standard payload is 2,645.5 lbs., with a 3,000-lb. payload option. The wrist is IP67-protected for operation in harsh environments.

The FANUCIRVision ready-to-use robotic vision package is available on the robot and requires only a camera and cable, with no additional processing hardware. It has a 2-D robot guidance tool to accomplish part location, errorproofing, and other operations that normally require special sensors or custom fixtures. For robotic vision processes that exceed the capability of 2-D vision systems, the company offers an integrated 3-D vision system.

Dual Check Safety (DCS) speed and position check software allows the safety design of the robot system to use the robot itself for some of the safety functions. Moving some safety functions to within the robot provides users with floor space savings and flexibility in system layout flexibility.

In addition, safe zones can be enabled and disabled from an external source such as a safety PLC. Designing a system with multiple zones means an operator can safely enter and leave the workspace of the robot. It prevents the robot from entering the load area when an operator is present.

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