A Fanuc industrial robot
system won top honors at the 2007 Robot Award ceremony on December 20th
in Tokyo. The dual-robot system was designed specifically for food and pharmaceutical handling
applications with nimble, food-safe M-430iA
robots and visual tracking.
This is the second year for the Robot Award event. It was created by the Japanese government's Ministry of Economy, Trade
, and Industry (METI) to promote innovation and spark interest in the robotics
field. Last year's top robot honor went to a robotic seal designed to help the elderly.
This year's Fanuc
winner was selected because of its usefulness. Each of the M-430iA
robots is capable of moving 120 1kg parts per minute or 100 2kg parts per minute. The system demonstrated the speed and intelligence of industrial robots
as they selected parts from a conveyer belt and placed them in boxes. The robots have five axes of freedom, a 2kg payload capacity, and a 900mm horizontal reach.
robots are versatile options for both packaged and unpackaged food handling
applications. Designed for withstand the messiest applications and the harshest rinse-downs, the M-430iA/2F
robots have internal wiring, a double IP67 seal, food grade grease, and USDA-certified parts.
This isn't the first prize awarded to Fanuc
's famous robot. The M-430iA
also won the 2006 Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Best Ten New