FANUC Expands Line of CRX Cobots With 3 New Models

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March 1, 2022

FANUC has announced three new models to its CRX line of collaborative robots (cobots), designed to handle different lengths and capacities for small and large manufacturers looking to address labor issues. The CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA join the existing CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L models within the line.

The company said with its existing line of CR and CRX cobots, they have 11 cobot models that can handle products from 4 kg to 35 kg in capacity. The CRX-5iA provides up to 5kg in payload, the CRX-20iA/L can handle up to 20 kg, and CRX-25iA supports up to 25 kg. The earlier 10iA and 10iA/L models feature a 10 kg payload and reach of 1,249 mm and 1,418 mm, respectively.

“Our CRX cobots are designed for every type of manufacturer – small or large – looking to expand their capabilities and overcome labor issues,” said Eric Potter, general manager of FANUC America’s general industries and automotive engineering groups. “With the addition of these new models, we offer the most extensive lineup of easy-to-use cobots available on the market today.”

FANUC said the line of CRX cobots support a wide range of applications, including inspection machine loading/unloading, packing, palletizing, sanding, and welding. The systems can detect external forces in the workspace and stop safely when making contact with a person or object, allowing the CRX to work safely alongside people without the need for expensive guarding.

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The systems include industrial ruggedness and no maintenance for up to eight years, as well as interactive programming that lets users teach using hand guidance or a tablet interface with drag-and-drop icons. The new series supports other advanced features, including iRVision.

“FANUC’s family of CRX cobots offer the same intelligence and reliability as our yellow robots have for 40 years,” said Potter. “When you consider everything our CRX cobot series offers, including eight years of maintenance-free operation, it’s a great choice for customers looking to minimize costs and increase productivity.”

FANUC said the CRC cobot e-Learning training modules can help operators get up to speed very quickly, with online tutorials that cover product overviews with features, unboxing and setup, programming and iRVision courses.

The cobot can also connect with third-party devices, such as end-of-arm tools, grippers, accessories and plugins. FANUC said it will begin shipping production units of the CRX-20iA/L in April 2022, with the CRX-25iA and CRX-5iA available in June 2022. The company plans to demonstrate all five of its CRX cobots at the International Robot Exhibition (IREX) in Tokyo March 9-12, and at IREX VIrtual from March 1-18.

More details on the new models can be found at this FANUC website.

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