The FANUC CRX cobot heralds the subsequent step within the firm’s line of collaborative robots. And with the brand new assist for Robotiq grippers, we all know this smooth, gentle robotic will carry cobot purposes to a variety of recent customers.
If you happen to’re in search of a brand new collaborative robotic, you actually are spoiled for alternative. There are numerous completely different cobots in the marketplace as of late. Quickly, there may be many cobot fashions as different varieties of industrial robots!
Again in 2019, FANUC first introduced the most recent addition to its lineup of collaborative robots, the CRX. This can be a departure from its current cobots and exhibits how the cobot panorama has modified just lately.
Right here at Robotiq, we’re dedicated to creating our grippers and different peripherals straightforward to make use of for everybody. We just lately added assist for CRX cobots, permitting you so as to add a gripper in only a matter of minutes.
The rising line of FANUC collaborative robots
Japanese-based producer FANUC is not any stranger to collaborative robots. The corporate’s cobot choices have introduced new spins on the idea of collaborative robotics for the final 5 years.
FANUC’s first collaborative robotic was the CR-35iA (or as Robotiq’s Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette calls it “The Inexperienced FANUC”). It was launched again in 2015 and we first caught sight of it on the IREX 2015 commerce truthful.
Its first distinctive characteristic was its shade. In contrast to most FANUC robots, that are vibrant yellow, this one was a stunning lime inexperienced. The second characteristic was its payload capability. Most cobots can elevate round 5-10kg. The CR-35iA can elevate a whopping 35 kg (that is as a lot as an empty beer keg).
FANUC carefully adopted the CR-35iA with a smaller 7 kg model, the CR-7iA. They later prolonged the road with a number of different fashions.
While you look “beneath the hood” of the CR sequence cobots, they’re fairly completely different from most collaborative robots. They’re principally typical 6 DoF manipulators from FANUC’s LR-Mate vary however with a protecting vibrant inexperienced pores and skin.
Which means that they’re heavier than most cobots. It additionally means they’ve the velocity, stiffness, and accuracy related to typical industrial robots.
Introducing the FANUC CRX collaborative robotic
The brand new CRX cobots are fairly completely different from FANUC’s current vary. Like another collaborative robots in the marketplace, they’re smooth and light-weight.
On the time of writing, there are two cobots accessible within the vary:
- The CRX-10iA — This can be a 10 kg payload cobot with a powerful 1.25 m attain.
- The CRX-10iA/L — That is the prolonged attain model of the cobot with an much more spectacular 1.42 m attain. The additional attain is achieved by making the primary linkage 170 mm longer, however all different dimensions are the identical.
FANUC’s new CRX vs the CR sequence cobots
What makes the CRX cobots completely different from the present CR sequence cobots?
Quite a bit!
While you take a look at robots from each sequence facet by facet, the variations are placing. The CRX robots look extra like a KUKA light-weight arm when it comes to design. The CR robots have a extra “conventional” industrial robotic look (other than their vibrant inexperienced coloring).
Another variations are:
|CRX Sequence||CR Sequence|
|Weight||39 kg||48 – 990 kg|
|Attain||1249 – 1418 mm||550 – 1813 mm|
|Payload||10 kg||4 – 35 kg|
|Pinch factors||None||Some, comparable to on the elbow|
|Energy||Customary 120V/240V||Relies upon. Smaller fashions, normal 230V. Bigger fashions, 3-phase 380-575V|
Total, the CRX sequence cobots are only a bit extra accessible. They provide an extended attain for his or her gentle weight and have an intuitive programming interface.
FANUC cobot + Robotiq gripper = easy integration
One characteristic that FANUC is emphasizing with the CRX cobots is the simple set up of peripheral units. In any case, a robotic is just as helpful as the tip effectors, instruments, and different equipment that it helps!
Typically, integrating elements may be probably the most complicated a part of a robotic deployment. At Robotiq, we expect that integration must be as straightforward as attainable.
We now have simply launched a brand new plugin for CRX sequence robots that makes it straightforward to combine Robotiq grippers. Along with the mechanical coupling, the brand new plugin makes set up onto the cobot arm extraordinarily fast.
Including the Robotiq gripper to a FANUC robotic controller
There are actually simply 2 easy steps for including a Robotiq gripper to a CRX robotic:
- First, you load the plugin into the CRX’s controller.
- Then, you connect the gripper to the robotic utilizing a mechanical coupling plate. There are alternatives for each single gripper installations and twin grippers.
The plugin hundreds straight into the controller of the CRX. This provides programming capabilities for the functionalities of the gripper, comparable to opening, closing, and setting the power and velocity.
Working the gripper from the educate pendant is then so simple as urgent a button on the person interface.
What you are able to do with a FANUC cobot and a Robotiq gripper
When you might have built-in your CRX cobot and gripper, you should utilize the system for any appropriate robotic utility.
Widespread purposes embody:
In case you are performing a job the place there will likely be water or mud, each the CRX robots and the Hand-E gripper have an ingress safety ranking of IP 67. This protects them from particles or water droplets coming into the mechanism.
We predict that you will notice lots of CRX cobots and Robotiq grippers in amenities any further! Will your facility be one among them?
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