Working in Tight Spaces with Fanuc Compact Robots

Sep 18, 2013

Fanuc compact robots help to reduce the amount of floor space necessary on the production line. Fanuc offers a variety of compact robots that can work just as effectively as large robots, but in tight spaces.


Robot­ic tech­nol­o­gy is impres­sive, but the size of the robot does not have to be impres­sive. Com­pact robots per­mit oper­a­tion in tight work spaces. This can be one of the most impor­tant fac­tors when a man­u­fac­tur­er is decid­ing which robot to use.

Fanuc’s M‑1iA robot is a light­weight, com­pact robot designed for small part han­dling, high-speed pick­ing, and assem­bly appli­ca­tions. Its par­al­lel-link struc­ture ensures high speeds and accu­ra­cy. One mod­el is equipped with a 3‑axis wrist for flex­i­bil­i­ty and ver­sa­til­i­ty, while anoth­er mod­el with a sin­gle-axis wrist is ide­al for high-speed pick­ing and knit­ting with speeds of 3000 degrees per second. 

Fanuc’s M‑20iA robots with iRVi­sion 3DL works along­side the ARC Mate 100iC to per­form com­pact flex­i­ble weld­ing. M‑20iA mod­els have a com­pact size, slim wrist, and small foot­print with a built-in solu­tion arm. The ARC Nate’s com­pact design sim­pli­fies instal­la­tion and trans­porta­tion of the sys­tem. Work­ing togeth­er, the M‑20iA robots find loose brack­ets, pick them, and attach them to an exhaust assem­bly before manip­u­lat­ing the exhaust sys­tem. The ARC Mate robots coor­di­nate weld­ing of the brack­ets. Qual­i­ty of the final prod­uct is enhanced through self-inspection. 

Fanuc devel­oped the M‑710iC series as the lat­est gen­er­a­tion six-axis high-per­for­mance fam­i­ly of indus­tri­al robots. They are designed for a vari­ety of man­u­fac­tur­ing and sys­tem process­es. The series of robots pro­vides one of the largest work envelopes in its class with one of the small­est foot­prints. The slim arm and wrist assem­blies min­i­mize inter­fer­ence with sys­tem periph­er­als, which allows oper­a­tion in con­fined spaces.

The LR Mate 200iC robot arm is com­pact enough to be con­sid­ered a table-top robot. It auto­mates mate­r­i­al han­dling tasks, increas­es effi­cien­cy and improves cycle times.

Fanuc even designed a mini-me.” The Paint Mate 200iA is an intel­li­gent mini paint robot. It is based on the LR Mate 200iC, and is designed to paint small parts. It offers max­i­mum per­for­mance in a light, effi­cient, accu­rate, and nim­ble pack­age. It meets the needs of sev­er­al indus­tries and can be mount­ed in a vari­ety of positions. 

The lat­est robot con­troller Fanuc intro­duced was the R‑30/B, and its over­all vol­ume was reduced by 68%. This can min­i­mize nec­es­sary floor space by up to 77%, and the con­troller still packs the same pow­er as pre­vi­ous models. 

Regard­less of the size, Fanuc’s robots can get the job done. Robots​.com offers a large vari­ety of Fanuc robots, which also includes their com­pact robots. Con­tact us today online or at 8777626881 if you are inter­est­ed in a Fanuc com­pact robot.

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