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    Robotic Bin Picking with FANUC’s 3D Area Sensor - Motion Controls Robotics

    Published on Oct 30, 2015

    Robotic Bin Picking: http://robot.fanucamerica.com

    FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Motion Controls Robotics is keeping manufacturers competitive with quality robotics solutions. Robotic bin picking is commonly used in industries dealing with automotive stampings, molded plastics, or medical equipment for machine loading or assembly. Part bins can be large wire containers, small to large plastic totes, or even trays.
    This robot bin picking cell selects a random part from the bin placing it on a tray. The cell contains a FANUC M-10iA robot for bin picking and an LR Mate 200iD/4S short-arm robot for moving the parts from the tray to a fixture. The FANUC M-10iA robot uses a multi-gripper to move parts - the magnetic gripper distributes parts to improve the pick and the mechanical gripper picks mapped parts.
    This robot cell uses FANUC’s latest 3D Area Sensor to develop an image map to perfect the picking of parts. The FANUC 3D Area Scanner reimages every 3 missed picks to keep the process at the needed rate. Since these parts are randomly placed in the bin, the M-10iA robot picks the part and places it on the tray. The part is placed with the flange either up or down and the sensor on the end of the tray relays the information to the LR Mate. Then the LR Mate either rejects the part or accepts the part by placing it on the fixture.
    The processing of the part on the fixture may take longer than the bin picking. To accommodate for this, the M-10iA patiently waits for an open space on the part tray. Today, robotic automation systems are able to scan, plan, and pick parts that are within specification. With new innovations in robotics technology, random robotic bin picking has become an achievable application for a broad range of parts. To learn more about FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Motion Controls Robotics, please visit http://www.motioncontrolsrobotics.com.

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    FANUC’s New CR-35iA Collaborative Robot Palletizes Boxes Using 3D Vision

    Published on Nov 6, 2015

    FANUC Collaborative Robot: "Introducing the new CR-35iA Collaborative Robot"

    FANUC’s new Collaborative Robot, the FANUC CR-35iA, is the industry’s first 35 kg payload, force limited collaborative robot, designed to work alongside humans without the need for safety fences.

    In this demonstration, the FANUC CR-35iA Collaborative Robot uses FANUC’s iRVision 3DA/1300 Area Sensor to locate and pick boxes from a pallet, and transfers the boxes to a labeling station. The CR-35iA robot was developed to help manufacturers solve ergonomic challenges by handling applications that are physically demanding for humans, and can help reduce injuries associated with repetitive or heavy lifting. It’s the only collaborative robot in the industry capable of lifting heavy objects up to 35 kg.

    The FANUC CR-35iA collaborative robot allows shared workspace between an operator and the interactive robot. The highly-sensitive robot gently stops if it comes in contact with the operator, allowing the robot and human to work side by side. After coming to a stop, the operator can re-position the robot if necessary before re-starting the cycle. A programmable button conveniently located directly on the robot is then pressed to restart the robot’s program from where it left off before coming into contact with the operator.

    Next the robot uses FANUC’s iRVision calibration-free or “No-Cal” option to locate the boxes before transferring them back to the pallet. The FANUC iRVision “No-Cal” option simplifies set up of 2D robotic guidance applications by eliminating the need for calibration grids and frames, making vision easy to use and less expensive to integrate.

    A soft foam green cover protects workers who are in direct contact with the robot. The robot’s shell is green to distinguish the FANUC collaborative robot from standard yellow FANUC robots. The FANUC CR-35iA is certified to meet necessary safety requirements for sharing workspace with humans. This robot can be used for a variety of applications including machine tending, handling heavy payloads that require lift assist devices or custom equipment, higher payload mechanical assembly, palletizing or packing, and tote or carton handling.

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    Automated Centerless Grinding System with Robotic Machine Tending - Allways Precision, Inc.

    Published on Nov 13, 2015

    Centerless grinder tending: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/machine-tending-robots.aspx

    FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Allways Precision, Inc. specializes and is the industry leader in centerless grinders and complete centerless grinding solutions for customers’ production needs.

    This video features an Allways Precision, Inc. Re-Manufactured Cincinnati Model 220-8 Centerless Grinder integrated with a dual FANUC robotic machine tending solution for a complete turnkey multi-part grinding system. This system was custom designed by Allways Precision, Inc. to grind four parts at a time utilizing two FANUC LR Mate 200iD robots that work together to bring parts from a FIFO magazine tray system to the centerless grinder, and back again.

    The first FANUC LR Mate robot is used for tray tending, offloading finished parts and loading new blank parts onto a palletized continuous conveyor which keeps a steady part flow through the system. The second FANUC LR Mate robot is used for machine tending. Picking up a row of four blank parts from a pallet, retrieving the finished set of ground parts and placing the four blanks onto the workblade. As the grind cycle starts the finished parts are gaged and placed on a pallet to return to the FIFO system.

    This complete robotic turnkey system from FANUC America’s Authorized System Integrator Allways Precision, is a prime example of their full range of high precision centerless grinding solutions. Additionally, Allways Precision, Inc. has automation and robotic solutions for any industry.

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    FANUC introduces two new robots in automotive body structure joining demonstration

    Published on Nov 20, 2015

    Automotive joining: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/spot-welding-robots.aspx

    FANUC America is proud to announce the release of two new robot models to its industry-leading line of industrial robots – the new high speed FANUC M-20iB/25 robot and the new heavy duty FANUC M-900iB/280 robot.

    In this demonstration of these robot’s capabilities, the two new FANUC robot models work together in an automotive body structure joining application. First, the new FANUC M-20iB/25 quickly picks a reinforcement plate from a fixture. The robot uses FANUC iRVision to locate the part in its gripper, and then accurately places it on the inside of a fixtured automotive door panel.

    Next, the new heavy duty FANUC M-900iB/280 with 280 kg payload moves into position and simulates a flow form screw (or FFS) joining process on the plate and the door. This robot’s casting shape has been optimized to provide enhanced arm rigidity, compact size and heavy payload capacity for applications in aerospace, powertrain, engines, truck and bus frames, various castings, molded parts, glass, and building materials.

    Once the FFS joining process is complete, the M-20iB/25 picks the plate from the door, places it back on the nest, and the process repeats. The new FANUC M-20iB/25 is a high-speed six-axis material handling robot with a 25 kg payload and 1853 mm reach. It offers a rigid and compact design with sealed structure, rated IP67 for work in harsh work environments. It includes a rear or bottom exit for cables, and a 21% increase in axis speed compared to the previous model.

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    New FANUC Arc Welding Robot with Extra Long Arm Welds A Boiler Tube

    Published on Nov 25, 2015

    Boiler tube arc welding: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/arc-welding-robots.aspx

    Adding on to the industry’s most extensive line of industrial robots for arc welding, FANUC America is proud to introduce the new FANUC ARC Mate 100iC/8L long arm arc welding robot.

    In this demonstration of the robot’s capabilities, the new FANUC ARC Mate 100iC/8L uses a FANUC iRVision camera to locate the orientation of a tube boiler. After locating the weld points, the robot moves into position to simulate welding the boiler. This tube boiler is held in place and moved by a two-axis positioner. The robot and the positioner work in coordinated motion as the robot simulates the weld.

    The FANUC ARC Mate 100iC/8L is designed to help manufacturers boost production time while lowering energy costs. It offers a 2,028 mm reach, 8 kg payload, and an enhanced motor and servo system to shorten cycle times, which improves productivity. Compared to its previous model, this new robot offers a 30% reduction in power consumption and is 40% lighter. The ARC Mate 100iC/8L’s long reach and slim arm allow it to easily weld large parts, even in small workspaces. In addition, the robot’s excellent motion range with the industry’s best reach and stroke ratio ease part placement and accessibility.

    After welding is completed, the robot performs a series of coordinated movements, and the cycle repeats.

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    Robotic System for Inspection & Assembly of Plastic Parts - Palladium Control Systems

    Published on Dec 6, 2015

    Plastics assembly system: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/assembly-robots.aspx

    Based in Houston, Texas, FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Palladium Control Systems developed this robotic system for inspection and assembly of plastic injection molded parts. The system utilizes two different robot models from FANUC. First, FANUC’s high-speed M-1iA/0.5A six-axis Delta-style Robot is used for its precise pick and place capabilities. The system also uses the versatile and compact FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot for assembly of the parts.

    The system process starts with an inspection of a plastic injection molded part using FANUC iRVision 2D Error Proofing. After inspection, the tabs move down a parts feeder. The FANUC M-1iA/0.5A robot uses a 2D camera and vision guidance to pick the part off of the parts feeder, and feeds it to the FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot for assembly. The FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot assembles the molded part by inserting each plastic tab into its place in the part.

    This system can handle a total of three different plastic injection molded parts. Through excellent engineering and the use of these two high-speed industrial robots from FANUC, Palladium was able to achieve cycle times of approximately 15 seconds.

    To learn more about FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Palladium Control Systems and their full range of capabilities, please visit http://palladiumrobotics.com.

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    Robotic Hardfacing System Uses Fixtureless Arc Welding Robots to Hardface Auger Teeth

    Published on Dec 18, 2015

    Robotic hardfacing: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/arc-welding-robots.aspx

    Augers used for digging and drilling have teeth that help the auger break into the ground. These teeth do a majority of the cutting and thus, some manufacturers will hardface the teeth to extend their life.

    The system seen here demonstrates how manufacturers can utilize robotic automation to perform the arc welding and inspection processes necessary for hardfacing. In the system, a FANUC LR Mate 200iD/7L long-arm robot is used to pick one tooth at a time from a bin of randomly located auger teeth, using FANUC’s latest high definition 3DA/1300 Area Sensor. Once a part is located and picked from the bin, the LR Mate presents the tooth to a FANUC iRVision camera to determine the tooth’s orientation. If the tooth needs to be re-gripped, the LR Mate will place it into a re-grip station before presenting it to the arc welding robot for hardfacing. During the re-grip, the ARC Mate 100iC/12 arc welding robot performs self-tip inspection using FANUC iRTorchmate weld tip inspection.

    After re-gripping the tooth, the LR Mate presents the auger tooth to the FANUC ARC Mate 100iC/12 robot for hardfacing. This system is unique in that it utilizes fixtureless welding - the LR Mate and ARC Mate move in coordinated motion to perform the hardfacing weld. Fixtureless welding is a simple setup that allows for flexible positioning as well as quick changeover of parts. Now we see the weld cycle run as a live weld. Fixtureless welding from FANUC America is a cost effective solution versus traditional fixed welding, reducing floor space by eliminating the need for dedicated floor-mounted tooling.

    After welding, the LR Mate performs post-process inspection to validate the hardfacing. If the inspection fails, the robot will apply additional weld material and inspect again. If the inspection passes, the LR Mate 200iD/7L will place the finished part into a bin below the pick rack.

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    Robotic System for Cleaning & Inspecting Machined Automotive Parts - Compass Automation

    Published on Jan 8, 2016

    Machined part handling/inspection: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/machine-tending-robots.aspx

    FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Compass Automation designed, built, and installed a custom machine tending and inspection system for a customer supplying automotive parts at a cycle time of two parts every 17 seconds. The system consists of a manually loaded bowl feeder, which presents parts to a FANUC’s versatile and compact LR Mate 200iD robot with a dual gripper tool. The two parts are then brought to a servo driven dual brush station, where the center bore of each part is cleared of machining chips. Next the parts are delivered to an Engis honing machine. Finished parts are taken from the Engis machine by the FANUC LR Mate robot and dunked into a cleaning tank before being placed on dual Heidenhain air gages. The center bore of the parts is inspected with two servo-mounted grippers, mounted to a linear actuator. Once the inspection is complete, the parts are pulled off the air gage and sorted into bins by a six cavity linear actuator and two reject chutes.This Compass Automation system made it possible for the end user to meet the standards set by their customer for inspection of the part at the required production rate. Compass Automation designs, develops and integrates custom automation systems that help manufacturers optimize their production. To learn more visit http://www.compass-automation.com

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    Robotic Assembly System for Electrical Wire Harnesses - Clear Automation

    Published on Feb 19, 2016

    Wire harness assembly: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/assembly-robots.aspx

    Clear Automation developed this fully automated robotic assembly system for electrical wire harnesses; The system consists of four overhead-mounted FANUC LR Mate 200iD robots, a FANUC M-10iA robot, as well as custom winding, wire handling, and connecting mechanisms that produce six different harnesses ranging from 20 to 200 feet in length. It produces six electrical harness assemblies per minute. Some portions of the process are considered sensitive intellectual property and are not shown in this video.

    An LR Mate 200iD robot picks new wire from the decoiler, clamps it into place in a winding head, and the machine winds the wire to the appropriate length as selected by the operator through the HMI. Once the appropriate length is coiled, the wire cutters snip the wire, and the LR Mate handles the end of the wire back into a clamp within the winding head so that the coil doesn’t unravel. One LR Mate is responsible for two turntables that include six coil winding heads. After the coils are wrapped in plastic, they are moved to the FANUC M-10iA robot. The FANUC M-10iA robot picks a coil and presents it to a heater.

    As previously mentioned, the system handles six different lengths of wire assemblies. Therefore each pallet needs to be automatically adjusted to fit the proper coil size. To do this, a height sensor relays information to a servo, which sets the appropriate pallet height for each individual coil.

    The pallets of coil move down a conveyor to two LR Mate 200iDs, designated for deploying inner and outer wire ends. The wire ends will eventually be cut to length, stripped of insulation, straightened, and inserted into connectors.

    The coils then move to an inspection station. The vision system checks the wires for length, straightness, and shape. The coil is also checked for continuity before being placed on the finished conveyor.

    Finished windings travel down the conveyor to the end of the system process where an LR Mate picks finished windings and places them on a conveyor out of the system. Rejected windings are place on a separate reject chute; Coils could be rejected if they lack continuity.

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    Robotic lathe machine loading & inspection system - Compass Automation

    Published on Mar 11, 2016

    Lathe machine tending: robot.fanucamerica.com/Products/Robots/machine-tending-robots.aspx

    FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Compass Automation designed and built these two identical machine tending and inspection systems for Axly Machining, part of the Gemini Group. Before the process was implemented with automation, it was very time consuming and labor intensive, using two operators to run four machines while hand loading and unloading each part. The system now utilizes FANUC’s highly versatile M-710iC/50 robot – An industrial robot popular for a variety of applications including machine tending, packaging, assembly, and more.

    In addition to the FANUC robotic process for machine load, unload, and part transfer, Compass Automation added a high-level inspection system, effectively increasing value for Axly and their customers by guaranteeing top part quality.

    Each system tends two lathes, transporting manually-loaded castings through a variety of machining, blow-off, and inspection processes, all through the highly reliable FANUC robot for handling of the parts. The system runs 18 distinct part variants. As part of its development, Compass Automation utilized their “Agile Development” methodology in the system’s mechanical design. The critical dimensions and inspection requirements were very challenging. Compass Automation iterated on multiple inspection designs and tooling as well as different technologies to perform the measurement. Ultimately, after development and implementation, these automation systems have already shown Axly a 30% increase in efficiency while ensuring that their customers receive 100% inspected quality parts.

    To learn about the Agile Development methodology and more from FANUC America Authorized System Integrator Compass Automation, please visit http://www.compass-automation.com

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