Fanuc America in Rochester Hills Debuts World’s First Explosion-proof Collaborative Paint Robot

Fanuc America in Rochester Hills has unveiled the new CRX-10iA/L Paint collaborative robot (cobot) at Automate in Chicago last week.
Fanuc America’s new CRX-10iA/L Paint collaborative robot was unveiled at Automate in Chicago last week. // Photo courtesy of Fanuc America

Fanuc America in Rochester Hills has unveiled the new CRX-10iA/L Paint collaborative robot (cobot) at Automate in Chicago last week.

The CRX-10iA/L Paint cobot was engineered to provide the benefits of automation for more companies in the painting, powder, and/or gel coating with fiberglass reinforcement industries.

It should help boost all types of paint operations including high-mix, low-volume applications, but also is designed to comply with the explosion-proof safety standards required in the United States.

With the addition of the CRX-10iA/L Paint collaborative robot, now even companies with no robotics experience should be able to deploy cobots quickly to automate their painting and coating processes.

This is done by using “easy-teach” features, including drag-and-drop programming and “lead through teach.” The results should include better quality and more consistent finishes as well as cost and waste savings by accurately and efficiently painting.

“Fanuc paint robots have been designed and manufactured continuously in Michigan since 1982. Now with the new CRX-10iA/L Paint collaborative robot, more operations will be able to reap the benefits of paint and coating automation,” says Ed Minch, sales director for auto component and general industry paint at Fanuc America. “We know our customers are struggling to increase their production and efficiency to keep up with rising demand while staying profitable.”

The cobots were designed to be a gamechanger for companies with little or no prior experience with robots to help them cost effectively automate within a short period of time. This is the first collaborative paint robot available for sale and use in North and South America, says Minch. The CRX-10iA/L Paint is designed to be compliant with global explosion-proof safety certifications, including IECEx, ATEX, Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Brazil.

According to Fanuc, the CRX-10iA/L Paint cobot has a payload of 10 kilograms as well as the longest reach in its class at 1,418mm, allowing the cobot to access large workpieces in even the most difficult of places that can pose ergonomic challenges for humans to manually reach.

Featuring the same design as the CRX series, the CRX-10iA/L Paint cobot weighs 45 kilograms and has a small footprint, which can be enhanced by stacking the control unit onto a light and compact R-30iB Mini Plus controller. Along with the other CRX cobots, the CRX-10iA/L Paint is maintenance-free for eight years adding to ownership savings and boosting operations.