FANUC Rolls Out a New Cobot

Oct. 16, 2018
The CR15iA collaborative robot has a 15 kg payload and includes a teach pendant with hand guidance for easy programming.

The FANUC CR-15iA collaborative robot (cobot) is making its PACK EXPO International debut this week. The lean green machine is capable of lifting 15 kg, filling the gap between its smaller CR-4iA and CR-7iA siblings and larger big brother, the CR-35iA.

The six axis robot is a good fit for warehouses, shipping and other industrial applications that require handling, machine tending, inspection and logistics. It is also efficient, including a single highly-sensitive sensor in its base vs. multiple external sensors that are often the norm with other cobots, the company said.

The CR-15iA has a small footprint that has a maximum vertical reach of 2.413 mm and a horizontal extension of 1.441 mm. The design makes it ideal for being mounted upright or inversely on the wall, as no safety fences are required since it stops safely on contact with a human operator.

It also includes a FANUC Teach Pendant that enables easy programming coupled with the R-30iB Plus controller’s new iHMI interface. Plus, an optional FANUC hand guidance system means any user can program the robot simply by leading it through the motion points or trajectory necessary to complete the task and record the path.

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Stephanie Neil has been reporting on business and technology for over 25 years and was named Editor-in-Chief of OEM magazine in 2018. She began her journalism career as a beat reporter for eWeek, a technology newspaper, later joining Managing Automation, a monthly B2B manufacturing magazine, as senior editor. During that time, Neil was also a correspondent for The Boston Globe, covering local news. She joined PMMI Media Group in 2015 as a senior editor for Automation World and continues to write for both AW and OEM, covering manufacturing news, technology trends, and workforce issues.

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