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Compact high-speed robot requires minimal workspace

10 September 2009

A lightweight and compact, parallel link design robot has been introduced by Fanuc Robotics UK. Designed for high speed electronics assembly and picking and packing of light components, the M-1iA is available with four or six axis options, weighing 14kg 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 only 0.3 seconds and with a repeatability of 0.02mm.
Measuring 421mm wide by 500mm deep, the M-1iA takes 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 straightforward and unobtrusive to human operators when working alongside.  The robot is also portable. 
A removable stand ensures that the M-1iA is easily integrated into a machine and this is further enhanced by its ability to be mounted at any angle of orientation.  This increases the opportunities for multiple robot installations where work envelopes may be required to overlap.

The M-1iA is controlled by the intelligent R-30iA controller with integrated functions, including iRVision, Robot Link and Collision protection.  All the robot requires to benefit from iRVision is 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. 

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