Fanuc cobot range grows with addition of three new models

Fanuc has now added three small, collaborative robots (cobots) as part of its industrial robot portfolio: the CR-4iA, the CR-7iA and the CR-7iA/L. These complement the larger, green-coloured CR-35iA Collaborative Robot which, with a payload of 35 kg, remains the ‘strongest’ of its kind.

The CR-4iA is the smallest of the Fanuc cobots, with a payload of 4 kg, while the CR-7iA and CR-7iA/L (long arm) are able to lift up to 7 kg. Through proven sensor technology, the Fanuc’s cobot range ensures a completely safe stop whenever a unit encounters an unexpected obstacle - human or otherwise.

Due to their small and compact frames, the cobots can be ceiling- or wall-mounted, offering a wider range of motion, without interfering with the operator’s workspace. The cobots can also be mounted on a mobile platform due to their lightweight and slim design. This flexibility makes it easy to change the cobots’ work stations, allowing them to complete a variety of tasks along the assembly line. Expected tasks include light, tedious, and repetitive manual tasks for different types of material handling, small electrical parts transfer and assembly.

The range is TÜV-certified to meet international safety requirements ISO 10218-1. Cobots can work alongside a human workforce. In many cases, the need for safety fences is eliminated as the cobots’ small and compact designs enable them to be fully integrated into a human workspace.

Fanuc intelligent functions can be incorporated into these robots, including industry-ready plug-and-play vision and force sensor technologies. Vision sensors can be used in a variety of tasks, including locating workpieces, part or process inspection, or reading barcodes. And Fanuc force sensor technology offers a wide range of precise assembly strategies for complex assembly tasks in fields such as automotive or electronics.