Fanuc expands line of CRX collaborative robots

​Fanuc Corporation has introduced the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA collaborative robots (cobots), the latest additions to its popular CRX series that includes the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L cobots.

Fanuc will demonstrate all five CRX models at IREX (International Robot Exhibition), March 9-12, 2022 at the Tokyo Big Sight in booth E4-04, and at IREX Virtual, March 1-18, 2022.

“We see a lot of demand for collaborative robots in the European market and want to offer fitting solutions for a broad range of applications. Our cobots are designed to support every type of manufacturer – small or large – to expand their capabilities with the highest reliability,” said Shinichi Tanzawa, president & CEO of Fanuc Europe Corporation.

The latest CRX cobots complement FANUC’s existing line of CR and CRX cobots that now total 11 cobot model variations to handle products from 4 to 35 kg. This is the most extensive line-up of easy-to-use cobots available on the market today.

The rollout of the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA cobots, which provide a 5 kg, 20 kg, and 25 kg payload as well as a maximum reach of 994 mm, 1418 mm and 1889 mm respectively, follows the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L cobot models.

These both feature a 10 kg payload and a reach of 1249 mm and 1418 mm respectively. The five CRX models combined with Fanuc’s CR series of green cobots extends Fanuc’s ability to help more companies looking to automate with cobots.

Fanuc’s line of CRX cobots are safe, easy-to-use, reliable and a versatile solution for a wide range of applications, including inspection, machine load/unload, packing, palletizing, sanding, welding, and more.

The IP67 protection level dustproof and waterproof performance is standard for all five CRX models, so that customers can use them even in the harsh environment areas of the factory. The CRX cobots can detect external forces in the workspace, stopping safely when making contact with a person or object. This technology allows the CRX to work safely alongside people without the need for expensive guarding.

Most cobots have a lightweight and compact design – but the Fanuc CRX cobots offer much more including their high suitability for industrial environments and no maintenance for up to eight years. In addition, interactive programming enables users to teach points using hand guidance or a tablet interface with drag and drop icons.

The CRX can be used with a standard 100V/240V power supply, and also includes energy-saving equipment with a power consumption of about 400 W (with 25 kg payload). The series supports several of FANUC’s advanced features including iRVision and is a perfect fit for any company looking to achieve higher efficiencies – even those that have yet to use their first robot.

“Fanuc's’s family of CRX offer the same intelligent features and reliability that our customers have become accustomed to,” said Ralf Völlinger, vice president and general manager of FANUC Europe’s robot division. “Moreover, their light weight, easy set up and intuitive operation, make it a great fit especially for first time robot users.”

Fanuc will begin shipping production units of the new CRX-20iA/L in April 2022. The CRX-25iA and CRX-5iA will be available in June 2022.