Global automation provider FANUC CORPORATION has introduced the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA collaborative robots (cobots). Most importantly, the new models enabled the company to offer an extensive lineup of easy-to-use cobots in the market today.
In addition, the latest additions expanded FANUC’s popular CRX Series, which also include the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L collaborative robots. FANUC will demonstrate all five CRX models at International Robot Exhibition (IREX) at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan from March 9-12. Similarly, the said cobots will also be available in the virtual IREX exhibition, which will run from March 1 to 18.
Eric Potter, General Manager of FANUC America’s General Industries and Automotive Engineering Groups said, “Our CRX cobots are for every type of manufacturer – small or large – looking to expand their capabilities and overcome labor issues.”
“With the addition of these new models, we offer the most extensive lineup of easy-to-use cobots available on the market today,” Potter added.
The latest CRX cobots complement FANUC’s existing line of CR and CRX cobots, which now total 11 cobot model variations to handle products from 4 to 35kg.
Moreover, the rollout of the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA cobots, which provide a 5kg, 20kg, and 25kg payload respectively, follows the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L cobot models. These both feature a 10kg payload and a reach of 1249mm and 1418mm respectively.
Thus, the CRX models combined with FANUC’s CR series of green cobots extends FANUC’s ability to help more companies looking to automate with cobots.
FANUC’s line of CRX cobots are safe, easy-to-use, reliable and a versatile solution for a wide range of applications, including inspection, machine load/unload, packing, palletizing, sanding, welding, and more. The CRX cobots can detect external forces in the workspace, stopping safely when contacting a person or object. This technology allows the CRX to work safely alongside people without the need for expensive guarding.
Most cobots have a lightweight and compact design. However, the FANUC CRX cobots offer industrial ruggedness and no maintenance for up to eight years.
In addition, interactive programming enables users to teach points using hand guidance or a tablet interface with drag and drop icons. The series supports several of FANUC’s advanced features including iRVision. At the same time, is a perfect fit for any company looking to achieve higher efficiencies, even those that have yet to use their first robot.
“FANUC’s family of CRX cobots offer the same intelligence and reliability as our yellow robots have for 40 years,” added 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.”
CRX cobot e-Learning training modules are available to help operators get up to speed very quickly. Furthermore, online tutorials cover a product overview with features, unboxing and setup, programming and iRVision courses. FANUC has made available registration for its free online CRX training modules.
Meanwhile, all CRX cobot models are easy to connect to third-party devices. The CRX site includes an expansive list of FANUC-approved device suppliers.
FANUC will begin shipping production units of the new CRX-20iA/L in April 2022. The CRX-25iA and CRX-5iA will be available in June 2022.