Collaborative robots, or cobots, have been creating a buzz in the automation world in recent years. Many believe there’s just one solution for a collaborative robot system – that being a specialized non-industrial robot. The good news is there’s actually a variety of options to achieve a collaborative system. In fact, most traditional robots can become “collaborative” with extra safety devices and proper integration. Let’s examine options for collaborative robot operations.
With 6 collaborative robot models to choose from, ranging from 4 to 35 kg in payload and 550 to 1813 mm in reach, Fanuc collaborative robots offer more payload and more reach options than any other collaborative robot brand.
Introducing the Fanuc range of small collaborative robots: the Fanuc CR-4iA, Fanuc CR-7iA and Fanuc CR-7iA/L as a new variation of the “green robot” CR series, following the 35kg high payload Fanuc CR-35iA, which allow for collaborative operation with human operators without safety fences.
Together with over 300 hundred of the world’s leading Automation companies, John Hart recently attended the Fanuc Global System Integrator Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The gathering started at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo and concluded with factory tours and high level meetings in Fanuc’s extensive headquarters located at the base of Mount Fuji.
Extremely flexible handling systems can be realised by combining articulated robots with camera systems. Reliability of this intelligent vision system can be significantly increased by combining the robot controller and vision system into one harmonious platform, where the reliability of the vision system is as reliable as the robot controller itself with tens of thousands of hours between failures (MTBF).