Andy Armstrong, sales and marketing manager at FANUC UK, comments: “Excitement has been building over the CRX-10iA ever since it was showcased at the end of last year. Bringing our lightweight collaborative robot to market, at a time when manufacturers are looking at their production lines and trying to figure out how to adhere to social distancing without impacting productivity, is critical.

“As with all cobots, safety is key, but we’ve also made installation and set-up as straightforward as possible. An intuitive touchscreen panel allows programming to be done through a ‘drag and drop’ function, which means that those new to automation can create work programs quickly and easily. It is even possible to teach the cobot the desired motion sequence though manually guiding it to the appropriate points, which we hope will help to make process as painless as possible for those new to the technology. For those new to collaborative technology, we’ve created a free downloadable eBook on successful cobot implementation”.

The CRX-10iA benefits from regular software updates and the ability to add various application updates such as grippers, sensors or cameras. Boasting a long service life, FANUC expects all mechanical components to operate maintenance-free for the first eight years of use, provided the CRX-10iA is used correctly.

Concludes Armstrong: “UK manufacturing is at a critical juncture and it is only by introducing automation in processes that we can boost productivity to an internationally competitive level. The CRX-10iA represents an extension of our broad portfolio of industrial robots and automation solutions, ensuring that there is an option for anyone looking to increase the productivity of their business.”