Lightweight Robots Still Carry a Powerful Punch

Oct 14, 2023

Lightweight robots are able to add incredible amounts of productivity with their versatile mountings and wide work envelopes. For instance, the Motoman DX1350N can help part finishing applications with their fast speeds and ability to manipulate a variety of part types.


Many of the lead­ing indus­tri­al robot sup­pli­ers offer light­weight options of their robots. 

Fanuc and Motoman Small Robot Arm Models

The Motoman DX1350N robot opti­mizes per­for­mance in part fin­ish­ing appli­ca­tions. It is com­pact and light­weight, and can be eas­i­ly mount­ed on the wall or on the ceil­ing. It fea­tures a wide work enve­lope as well as the fastest motion speed and high­est wrist torque in its class. Its stiff­ness and pay­load gives it the abil­i­ty to car­ry the process tool to the part, or to manip­u­late the part.

The Motoman HS5 – 450 is a com­pact SCARA robot ide­al for part han­dling, assem­bly, part kit­ting, and lab automa­tion. The JRC con­troller uses light­weight pro­gram­ming pen­dants and easy-to-use pro­gram­ming language.

The Fanuc ARC Mate 100iA is a light­weight, com­pact robot spe­cial­ly designed for arc weld­ing appli­ca­tions. It boasts the newest ser­vo tech­nol­o­gy for accu­rate and high-speed performance.

Light­weight mate­r­i­al han­dling is made sim­ple with the com­pact Fanuc M‑1iA. It has a spi­der-like body that weighs only 17 kg, and it can fit into tight spots. It is suit­ed for many appli­ca­tions as well as edu­ca­tion­al uses with­in indus­tries. Robots of this size are ide­al for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, plas­tics, elec­tron­ics, or pack­ag­ing indus­tries. The cus­tomer can decide between the 4‑axis and 6‑axis ver­sions, although both robots are capa­ble of high speed han­dling with supe­ri­or repeatability.

The Fanuc M‑3iA Genkot­su robot is a par­al­lel link mod­el for assem­bly and pick and place process­es. This style allows for pre­cise, quick move­ment with­in a cylin­dri­cal work enve­lope. The cus­tomer can choose between the 4‑axis or 6‑axis mod­el, depend­ing on his needs. All of the mod­els are light­weight and are avail­able with food grade coatings. 

Small Robot Spot Welding

If the appli­ca­tion is spot weld­ing, the light­weight Fanuc R‑1000iA/​100F robot does not sac­ri­fice per­for­mance. Its com­pact body ensures fast cycle times while con­serv­ing ener­gy. The slim arm uses less space, allow­ing automa­tion lines to be stream­lined. It can be floor mount­ed or invert­ed. The light­weight mod­el is more ener­gy effi­cient than heav­ier robots, and has a large work enve­lope with high wrist loads.

Robots​.com car­ries many light­weight robots from KUKA, Fanuc, Motoman, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and ABB. If you are inter­est­ed in a robot with less weight, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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