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The ArcMate 120iB and the M-16iB...Same Robot, Different Applications


FANUC creates countless robots that are all thoughtfully designed to help tackle any and all types of application. Sometimes, a robot is created so perfectly that it can be diversified to be a master for two different applications.

ARC Mate 120iB and M16iBDespite the different names and jobs, both the ARC Mate 120iB and the M-16iB consistently provide high performance through features designed to increase production.  They are both six-axis, modular construction, compact, flexible, and precise.  Each standard robot offers a 20 kg payload, +/-0.08mm repeatability, and are electric servo driven which helps them offer some of the best speeds in their classes.

Let’s take a look at the FANUC Arc Mate 120iB (currently on sale!) and the FANUC M-16iB.  They are essentially the same robot but designed to perfectly conquer different types of applications. 

The  FANUC Arc Mate 120iB Applications: This robot is perfect for welding jobs as it tackles MIG Welding, Plasma Welding, Plasma Cutting, Arc  Welding, and/or TIG Welding. The Arc Mate has a simple and reliable construction which provides accurate and consistent path performance for your welding job. It is a 220 kg robot with different mounting options of floor, ceiling, angle, or wall.  

The  FANUC M-16iB Applications: Dispensing, Material Handling, and Material Removal. Just like the Arc Mate 120iB, the M-16iB offers enhanced performance options to help its customers tackle high speed, yet light weight applications. These improvements raise the bar for high-speed motion as they can maintain high speeds for extended periods where competing robots can only achieve these rates for short-duration bursts. This robot as a mass of 270 kg and has upright, inverted, angle, or wall mounting options available. 

Both the ARC Mate 120iB and the M-16iB offer:

Different  Sizes: The M-16iB series and the Arc Mate 120iB offer different sizes and options to accommodate all needs for all applications. The ARC Mate 120iB offers an ARC Mate 120iB/10L version with a 10 kg payload, +/- 0.1 mm repeatability, and an 1885mm reach. M-16iB/10L, M-16iB/10LT, M-16iB/20, M-16iB/20T, or the M-16iB/T.

Compact  Size: These robots have a compact size, slim wrist, and small footprint that permit reliability while they operate in tight work spaces. The compact yet flexible design simplifies installation, maximizes reach capability within confined areas and enables high-density installation of robots and peripherals This design is flexible and helps to simplify installation, maximize reach capability within confined areas, and enables high-density installation of robots and peripherals.

High  Speeds: Both robots offer maximum performance and productivity with their high motion speeds, best in class reach versus stroke ratio, and an extremely large work envelope useful for large parts or complex tooling. The wrist is incredibly fast, which helps to reduce air cut times and increase throughput.           

RJ3iB Controller: The M-16iB and Arc Mate 120iB can be programmed with a RJ3iB. This controller features a large LCD screen and intuitive control over the process while also improving performance and simplifying system integration.

Both the FANUC ARC Mate 120iB and the M-16iB are sure to do your next job precisely and quickly. The feature-rich standard capabilities and options of both of these robots provide dexterity, reliability, and high speeds. This makes either of these robots the perfect solution for your next application project and working environment. If you are interested in increasing your ROI, and moving towards automation with an Arc Mate 120iB or M-16iB, contact RobotWorx, a certified integrator for FANUC online or at 740-251-4312.