The CR-14iA/L fills the gap between FANUC’s small and medium-sized 6-axis collaborative robots, and can handle payloads of up to 14 kg – twice that of the CR-7iA model – with a reach of up to 820 mm, from just a 296.5 by 235 mm footprint. However, if required, the robot’s reach can be extended to 911 mm, provided the payload is 12 kg or less.

FANUC’s CR-14iA/L benefits from the same integrated sensors and responsive ‘touch-to-stop’ reactive functionality as the rest of the company’s green ‘cobot’ range. As such, if the arm comes into contact with a fixed object or person, it gently stops and retracts. A safety system ensures that the robot halts at a maximum force of 150 N, however, this can be reduced if required.

Crucially, the kinematics and flexibility of the slim-profile CR-14iA/L allow close working to the robot base, thus making best use of the available workspace, especially in narrow applications.

The cobot offers repeatability of ±0.01 mm, and has maximum travel speed of 500 mm/sec. Control is via the familiar R-30iB Plus controller in the Mate Cabinet version. The CR-14iA/L is protected to IP54 and IP67 in the body and wrist respectively.

Andy Armstrong, sales and marketing manager at FANUC UK, says: "For a small robot, the CR-14iA/L has a comparatively long reach. This means it can be used not only for applications in limited spaces, but for those for where a heavier payload is an advantage, such as when loading and unloading machines.

“As with all FANUC collaborative robots, the CR-14iA/L is fully safety-certified, and eliminates the need for perimeter guarding to facilitate a much closer working relationship with human operators,” he continues. “We are increasingly seeing more interest from UK manufacturers in relation to collaborative robotics, and this latest addition to our portfolio represents the ideal solution for a variety of small-space applications, from pick-and-place through to full machine tending.”