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Until recently, industrial robots have been trapped behind curtains, fencing, and other barriers away from humans because of the dangers that existed during operation. Industrial robots move with a force that could injure a human worker if they entered the work space during the application process.

Human workers have been working with robots for years, but there is usually a barrier between them when the robot is performing its applications. FANUC decided to give workers a chance to improve their teamwork with the robots, introducing the FANUC CR-35iA, one of the first collaborative industrial robots on the market.

FANUC Robotics has produced a variety of material handling, welding, dispensing, and material removal industrial robots since its beginning in the 1970s. One series of robots that stands out for its heavy payload and high performance capabilities is the FANUC R-2000iB series. This series of robots produced nine distinct robots with different payload limits, reaches, motion speeds and ranges, and repeatability, while also having many similarities.

FANUC makes a variety of robots that are able to perform a vast array of tasks – everything from arc and spot welding, to material handling, dispensing, and material removal functions. While not every FANUC robot can perform every function on its own, many are versatile enough to perform a multitude of processes, giving them similar attributes. Three of these robots are the FANUC ArcMate 120iBe, the FANUC M-16iB/20, and the FANUC M-20iA.

RobotWorx has been building robot systems for more than 20 years at its Marion, Ohio facility, but there is a large palletizing robot on the floor that is causing a lot of excitement. Unlike the other systems that have controller cabinet “brains”, the “brain” of this robot is completely controlled by one small blue box, which communicates with the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) to get things done.

When a used robot comes into RobotWorx, it has usually been in a factory for quite a while. For these used robots, RobotWorx becomes the fountain of youth, restoring them to their long forgotten glory. The road to redemption is not an easy one for these robots, but RobotWorx has a process that will make that road easy and painless. Every acquired robot that passes through the doors of RobotWorx gets a 168-point inspection.

Usually, when you buy something “As-Is,” you get just that – a product that may or may not work. No matter what, you have to deal with it – no apologies, no recourse and no returns. This is not the case when it comes to RobotWorx, a certified robotics integrator for several different robotic companies, including FANUC, Motoman, KUKA and ABB. With most companies, “As-Is” means that you take the robot as it is in the showroom.

When someone makes up their mind to buy a robot for their factory, the process can begin quickly, but usually takes a bit of time authorize and become a reality in their shop. Buying a robot isn’t a complicated process, but because it can be an expensive process, it takes time to make sure everything is designed just right before purchasing. The experts at RobotWorx can help get through the purchasing process with ease.

When you are programming a robot, working with a robot, or training someone on a robot, you always operate it in teach mode. During this time, you are using the teach pendant to communicate with the robot, and that is where the deadman switch is located. The deadman switch is an ON/OFF switch on the back of the teach pendant. The purpose of the deadman switch is to guard the person operating the robot during the training process, or any other time the robot is in teach mode.

A safety interlocking system is important for any robotic work cell. By incorporating hard stop and interlocking door safety features into your work cell, you are ensuring that no worker is going into the robot’s area when the robot is in operation. This, along with proper training, will keep your workers safe and free from robot-related injuries. So, what are these features? A hard stop feature is made up of a zone ring and two zone switches.