FANUC in Rochester Hills Expands Line of Collaborative Robots

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From left to right: The FANUC CRX-25iA, CRX-20iA, and CRX-5iA are the latest cobots in the CRX series. // Courtesy of FANUC Americas
From left to right: The FANUC CRX-25iA, CRX-20iA, and CRX-5iA are the latest cobots in the CRX series. // Courtesy of FANUC America

FANUC America Corp., a supplier of CNCs, robotics, and factory automation products based in Rochester Hills, has introduced the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA collaborative robots (cobots), the latest additions to its CRX series that includes the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L cobots.

“Our CRX cobots are designed for every type of manufacturer — small or large — looking to expand their capabilities and overcome labor issues,” says Eric Potter, general manager of FANUC America’s general industries and automotive engineering groups. “With the addition of these new models, we offer the most extensive lineup of easy-to-use cobots available on the market today.”

The latest CRX cobots complement FANUC’s existing line of CR and CRX cobots that now total 11 cobot model variations to handle products from 4 to 35 kilograms. The rollout of the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA cobots, which provide a 5, 20, and 25 kilogram payload respectively. The new models follow the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L, which both feature a 10-kilogram payload and a reach of 1249 millimeters and 1418 millimeters, respectively.

FANUC’s line of CRX cobots are a solution for a wide range of applications, including inspection, machine loading and unloading, 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.

The CRX cobots have a rugged construction that allows them to withstand industrial environments. They are also designed to require no maintenance for up to eight years. Interactive programming enables users to teach points using hand guidance or a tablet interface with drag and drop icons.

“FANUC’s family of CRX cobots offer the same intelligence and reliability as our yellow robots have for 40 years,” says 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. Online tutorials cover a product overview with features, unboxing and setup, programming and iRVision courses.

All CRX cobot models are easy to connect to third-party devices. The CRX site includes an expansive list of FANUC-approved CRX device suppliers for cobot EOAT devices, grippers, accessories and plugins.

The CRX cobots continue to take on more applications, including inspection, palletizing, machine tending, vision-guided pick and place, sanding, and welding. 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.

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