Six-axis robot features hollow arm for tooling services

Paul Boughton
Fanuc Robotics is introducing the M-10iA/10S, a six-axis robot that can be mounted in a variety of orientations without modification and with an unobtrusive smooth exterior and a hollow arm that completely removes tooling cabling from the work area.
The Fanuc Robotics M-10iA/10S is a compact robot for machine builders and system integrators needing a 10kg payload device but with restricted space. The arm can be mounted on the floor, ceiling or at an angle to reduce space required for other operations or peripheral equipment.
Furthermore, the robot's hollow arm features integrated fluidics, signal and electrical cabling to reduce the risk of cable snagging and breakages. By routing cables through to the wrist flange (joint six), tool rotation is maximised without risk, thereby reducing programming time and ensuring a longer cable life.
The high speed of the M-10iA/10S, together with its 1098mm reach, make multi-task applications - such as machine loading, assembly and inspection - straightforward. The ability of joint 3 to flip is particularly useful for inverted installations to maximise the work envelope.
Another useful feature is the IP67 sealing of the wrist joint, which makes the robot suitable for more aggressive environments such as water jet cutting and casting.
Fanuc Robotics' says the M-10iA/10S runs with its R-30iA series intelligent controller, which features an open architecture and integrated intelligent functions, including vision and force sensing.
Where vision is required the R-30iA controller helps reduce integration time and cost with its integrated iRVision system. No additional hardware, other than a camera, is required to integrate vision with the controller.
In addition, up to 40 axes can be controlled using the R-30iA controller, and, when used in multi-arm mode, one controller can control four arms and four auxiliary axes groups.
Further reducing the additional control hardware common to any installation, the controller has its own programmable machine controller (PMC). The PMC has an integrated monitor that enables users to monitor the PMC ladder in a graphic display for all levels and sub-programs residing in the controller.
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