Lightweight, fully enclosed FANUC robot for machine tending
FANUC has developed a new fully covered robot, the LR-10iA/10, which is not only lightweight and compact, but offers a wide working range and high resistance to dust and water. The combination of low weight, speed, portability and its enclosed structure, makes the new LR-10iA/10 a highly attractive proposition for machine-tool tending applications, as well as tasks in the logistics sector.
Providing a wrist payload of 10 kg, a maximum reach of 1101 mm and a weight of just 46 kg, it is possible to install the LR-10iA/10 in a variety of ways, including on the floor, ceiling or wall. The robot’s light weight also makes it ideal for mounting on mobile platforms.
The LR-10iA/10 has the same footprint as the existing LR Mate 200iD/7L, but with 1.4 times the wrist payload and 1.2 times the maximum reach. Furthermore, its IP67 protection rating as standard makes the robot ideal for machine-tool tending, where the presence of contaminants such as coolant, swarf and lubricant is commonplace.
Featuring a slim profile, the new robot can function in narrow spaces within the working envelope of a machine tool, ensuring efficient loading and unloading operations. Picking tasks in the logistics industry, where FANUC has seen increasing demand in recent years, is a further application where deploying the LR-10iA/10 can prove highly beneficial.
The robot supports FANUC's latest R-30iB Plus control in addition to the conventional iPendant as a teaching device, while the intuitive, easy-to-use Tablet TP is also available. Furthermore, as with all FANUC robots, it is possible to configure the LR-10iA/10 with vision sensors and a wide range of intelligent functions that help improve flexibility.
FANUC, which will begin shipping production units of the LR-10iA/10 in January 2022, is showing the LR-10iA/10 at the EMO Milano exhibition (Stand E02, Hall 7). Mounted to a mobile cart, the LR-10iA/10 is serving a FANUC ROBODRILL, highlighting the robot’s ability to optimise machine-tool tending applications. During idle times (when waiting for a machining routine to finish), the robot can be seen performing fast, multi-axis movements to showcase its agility and speed.