SCARA Expands Fanuc Small Robot Lineup

With the introduction of two new SCARA robots, Fanuc expands its small robot offerings for high-speed pick-and-place, assembly, testing/inspection and packaging applications.

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Though a great deal of focus on industrial robot applications has lately centered on collaborative robots, interest in long-established robot types has also increased across industry. In response, Fanuc has expanded its small robot lineup with the addition of its SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARA robots.

The SR-3iA offers a 3kg payload, 400mm reach and 200mm stroke; the SR-6iA has a 6kg payload, 650mm reach and 210mm stroke. “Motion performance for Fanuc’s new SCARA robots are best-in-class,” said Nishant Jhaveri, engineering manager, small and SCARA robots, Fanuc America.

Fanuc said these new compact, lightweight SCARA robots feature high-speed precise operation for pick and place, assembly, testing/inspection and packaging processes for a range of industries, including consumer electronics, auto components, plastics, food and beverage, lab automation, appliances and medical device manufacturing.

Powered by Fanuc’s new R-30iB Compact Plus controller, these new SCARA robots are said to offer the same intelligence and reliability available on all Fanuc robots, including integrated iRVision, force sensing, conveyor tracking, fieldbus connectivity, integrated safety and other software options. “The Fanuc SCARAs are built on the same world-renowned platform as our entire product line,” said Jhaveri.

Fanuc’s new SCARA iRProgrammer software interface can be used for programming the SR-3iA and SR-6iA with tablets or PCs, and can be accessed via a web browser.

Features of the new Fanuc SCARA robots include:

  • High inertia capacity to maximize flexibility for handling large work pieces.
  • Generous vertical stroke, making it possible to perform assembly, packaging and handling operations.
  • Bottom cable exit (optional) provides cable protection and saves valuable floor space for higher efficiency.
  • Integral air lines, 24 VDC power, I/O signal cables and solenoid valves (optional) simplify system integration and reduce overall cost.
  • Brake release switch on the robot’s arm allows for easy error recovery.
  • Standard CE/NRTL compliance on the R-30iB Compact Plus controller allows global deployment without any additional cost.

These new SCARA robots from Fanuc will be available in North America in Q1 2018.

This video from Fanuc highlights the company’s SCARA SR robot series.

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