Visitors to this year's EuroBlech sheet metal working exhibition in Hannover had the chance to see what is being described as the world's largest and strongest industrial robot, capable of handling a 1200kg payload. The new Fanuc Robotics M-2000iA heavy-duty robot (pictured alongside Fanuc Robotics' LR-Mate Robot) is claimed to set new levels for all-round capability in the heavy-duty six-axis robot sector.
Available in 900kg and 1200kg payload variants – M-2000iA/900L and M-2000iA/1200 – the six-axis robot arm is capable of handling its maximum payload quickly, smoothly and with a high degree of accuracy. Wherever super-heavy components require accurate handling, for example, in the assembly of heavy machine tool components or positioning vehicle bodies, the M-2000iA can provide a safe, fast and repeatable alternative to manual crane-assisted placement. Follow the link to see a bigger image.
Aimed firmly at new applications formerly out of the scope of industrial robots, the M-2000iA is suitable for replacing cranes, transport shuttles and gantry units. A 6.2m vertical reach is provided by the M-2000iA/900L variant while handling its maximum 900kg payload with accurately controlled path and speed. The wrists of the robots are IP67-protected for operation in harsh environments.
Designed for super-heavy and large work pieces, the M-2000iA is a development of Fanuc's all-electric servo-driven M series. The new robot maintains all the flexibility of the lower payload models with a fast joint four wrist speed and the ability to manage high wrist inertias.
The M-2000iA runs with Fanuc Robotics' intelligent controller - the R-30iA series, an open-architecture system with integrated intelligent functions including vision and force sensing. The new Fanuc Robotics controller provides enhancements to performance, an increase in the number of robot arms it can control and a fully integrated vision control system.
Where vision is required, the R-30iA controller helps reduce integration time and cost with its integrated iRVision system. No additional hardware, other than a camera, is required to integrate vision with the new controller.
Control of up to 40 multiple axes is available with the R-30iA controller and when used in multi-arm mode one controller can control four arms and four auxiliary axes groups.
Further reducing the additional control hardware common to any installation, the new controller has its own programmable machine controller (PMC). The PMC has an integrated monitor that enables users to monitor the PMC ladder in a graphic display for all levels and sub-programs that reside in the controller.