Fanuc’s factory automation and new products at EMO Milano 2021

At EMO Milano 2021 Fanuc demonstrated what the automated future looks like today. Visitors to the company’s stand discovered new and innovative products, technologies and solutions that help them improve competitive edge and profitability of their production.

Fanuc’s Factory Automation area showcased both physical and virtual exhibits, including digital twin technology for efficient designing and using of machine tools. Some of the latest machining functions like orbital cutting, eccentric turning, servo learning oscillation and high-dynamic turning were also demonstrated.

Efficiency at its best
Fanuc presented two new robot models at the show: The M-1000iA and the LR-10iA/10. With its
1 000kg payload and a maximum reach of 3 253mm the M-1000iA has a particularly wide range of motion in both vertical and longitudinal directions. The arm has flip-over capability which gives it an extended versatility across a wide range of handling applications. At EMO the M-1000iA demonstrated the efficient and effective handling of a battery pack for an electric vehicle (EV).

The LR-10iA/10 is a new fully enclosed robot, which is not only lightweight and compact, but offers a wide working range and high resistance to dust and water. Providing a wrist payload of 10kg, a maximum reach of 1 101mm and a weight of just 46kg, the LR-10iA/10 can be installed in a variety of ways, including on the floor, ceiling or wall. The robot’s light weight also makes it ideal for mounting on mobile platforms.

Alongside the new robots Fanuc presented an ROI (Return on Investment) calculator. This web app features a dashboard that sets out the potential savings available in an easy-to-understand manner.

Regarding Robo machines Fanuc celebrated three European premieres at EMO. The RobodrilL α-DiB-Plus series, which will be available from the beginning of 2022, features innovations such as revised spindle variations, new control options, servo drives and mechanical improvements.

The Roboshot α-SiB injection moulding machine is an advanced new series capable of metal injection moulding (MIM) as a production method for medical devices and surgical instruments.

Last, not least, the Fanuc Robocut α-CiC impresses with many new developments. For instance, Fanuc has further enhanced machine rigidity by strengthening the mechanical structure. This is the basis for more precise machining and even higher repeatability than before.

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