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FANUC Launches New Serial Link Robot to Lift Heavier Loads

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January 18, 2022

FANUC America has announced the M-1000iA robot, which can handle heavy products such as automotive components, construction materials and battery packs for electric vehicles. The robot is its largest serial-link robot to date, with a 1,000 kg payload, a 3,253 mm horizontal reach, and 4,297 mm vertical reach. Production units are expected to ship in Q1 2022.

“Customers that process very heavy parts need more versatility in the workspace,” said Eric Potter, general manager of FANUC America’s general industries and automotive segment. “This robot is a great solution for a variety of applications such as drilling and handling large automotive components, processing and handling battery packs for electric vehicles, fabrication and handling of construction materials, and much more.”

Powered by the R-30iB Plus Controller, the M-1000iA offers features found in other FANUC robots, such as integrated iRVision, force sensing and Zero Down Time technologies. Additional features and benefits include:

  • Biggest serial link in a FANUC robot without J3 link interference; parallel link mechanisms are typical of heavy payload robots;
  • A wide J3 axis motion range in the vertical and horizontal direction;
  • Back-flip operation on the J3 axis for maximum flexibility due to its serial-link design
  • A strong wrist with high payload, moment and inertia;
  • Dual motors on J2/J3 axis to support heavy payload at large offsets from wrist and at full extension
  • Internal cabling to minimize interference with peripheral devices;
  • Common parts with the M-2000iA robot to minimize spare parts inventory for existing customers.
  • IP67 wrist and J3 arm rating for harsh environments.

More details on the new robot are available at this FANUC website. In addition, you can download specifications here, or request a quote.


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