12 Nov Fanuc’s Compact LR-10iA/10 Robot
Tired of not being able to find people to hire? It might be time to look at a collaborative robot. These are robots with sensors that are aware of and avoid contact with people. They cost less than an employee, don’t get tired or take long coffee breaks, don’t call in sick, and are fantastic at performing repetitive tasks very precisely such as loading and unloading doors, installing hardware, applying sprayed coatings, and operating other machines and tools including random orbit sanders (shown here at right on a recent Fanuc America innovation, the CRX cobot. The company is located in Rochester Hills, which is about ten miles north of Detroit, and it has just introduced the lightweight and powerful LR-10iA/10 robot (yellow, at left in photo). Weighing just 46 kg (about 100 lbs), it can be mounted to the floor, or upside down, or even on an angle, or on a mobile base. It has a 10 kg (22 lbs.) payload and a large work envelope with a long reach of 1101 mm (over 43”). Its compact size makes this an ideal solution for woodshops with limited floor space, and the slim arm fits into machine tools to load and unload parts. Its fully enclosed structure has built-in airlines, solenoid valves and electrical utilities in place for easy integration. The robot has even earned an IP67 rating that allows it to operate in industrial environments with dust, water, and oil mist. Powered by a Fanuc R-30iB Mate Plus controller, the new LR-10iA offers the same intelligence and reliability that is available on all of the company’s robots. Features include integrated iRVision® (it can ‘see’), force sensing (it can ‘feel’) and Zero Down Time (ZDT), which not only reduces unexpected downtime but also helps users maximize production throughput, optimize maintenance costs, increase the life of their robots, and access data from anywhere via the ZDT web portal.
To summarize, the new LR-10iA/10 has a smooth and clean surface with internal valves, built-in user airlines, solenoid valves and I/O signals. It is slim, lightweight, and compact for quick and easy installation, even on AGVs (automated/automatic guided vehicles, which are mobile robots that follow markers or wires in the floor or use vision or lasers to navigate through the shop). It has a strong wrist with a high payload – 10kg in a full work envelope or 13kg in a restricted envelope. Fanuc will begin shipping the new robot in January of 2022.