M-1000iA robot from Fanuc America

A New Robot for Handling Heavy Loads

The new M-1000iA robot from Fanuc America (not to be confused with the smaller R-1000iA) is capable of handling very heavy products. Its serial-link construction gives the robot a wider range of motion in every direction. It can extend its arm upright or rotate it backwards, which is not possible for typical heavy-payload robots with a parallel-link mechanism. With a 2,200 lbs. (1000 kg, hence the name) payload, a 128” horizontal reach, and a 169” vertical reach, the M-1000iA can handle heavy countertop material, large casework, and dense sheet stock. The robot is a solution for a variety of applications such as drilling and handling large components, or fabrication and handling of construction materials.

Powered by Fanuc’s R-30iB Plus controller, it has features such as integrated iRVision®, force sensing, and Zero Down Time (ZDT). It has a wide J3 axis motion range in vertical and horizontal direction without J3 link interference, and its smooth serial-link design allows back-flip operation on the J3 axis for maximum flexibility. The robot has a strong wrist with high payload, moment, and inertia. It also has dual motors on the J2/J3 axis to support a heavy payload at large offsets from the wrist, and at full extension.

The machine has a clean design with internal cables to minimizes interference with peripheral devices. And it shares several common parts with the M-2000iA robot, which provides proven and reliable performance while minimizing the spare parts inventory for existing customers. It also has a IP67 wrist and J3 arm rating for harsh environments. Fanuc America, which is headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan, will begin shipping production units of the new M-1000iA in Q1 2022.