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

Jun 18, 2016

The robots that Fanuc produces have the customer in mind, bringing huge productivity and efficiency to production lines across the globe. Sometimes they develop a robot that is so perfect it is begging to be diversified to different applications as seen with the ARC Mate 120iB and the M-16iB.


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.

Despite 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. 

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 Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for Fanuc online or at 8777626881.

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