How large is this robot? World's largest, Fanuc says. It is holding...?
Click into this story to see the full height and capabilities of what Fanuc Robotics calls the world's largest and strongest robot. Introductions at IMTS extend the envelope for motion control in terms of size, difficult environments, and plain old processor grunt. Also learn about advances in robotics, controllers, and I/O modules.
Chicago, IL — “The M-2000iA is the world’s largest and strongest six-axis robot,” said Rich Meyer, product manager, Fanuc Robotics . “It has the longest reach and the strongest wrist– surpassing all other six-axis robots available today. The wrist strength sets a record, but more importantly, allows our customers to move large heavy parts a great distance with maximum stability.” The company introduced its M-2000iA line of super heavy-duty robots in a fabrication system demonstration during IMTS 2008, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Fanuc Robotics M-2000iA series robots
Also at the show, in a separate announcement, Holjeron announced its Aqua Series of extremely harsh duty I/O modules for DeviceNet. The company says the modules are designed for outdoor use in temperatures as low as -30 Delta Tau Data Systems announced the pre-production release of its Power PMAC controller, which utilizes a new generation of embedded Power PC microprocessors to provide very high computational capabilities and a high level of peripheral integration while maintaining very low power consumption. The company says the new controller will be a compact, powerful solution for almost any commercial, industrial, or military motion control application.
Designed to meet customer requirements for handling truck, tractor, and automotive frames and parts, Fanuc’s M-2000iA/900L heavy-duty robot offers a 900 kg payload. It is said to have a rigid arm design with a vertical lifting stroke of 6.2 m for transferring extremely heavy items such as a car body. “We’re excited to provide our customers with this capability,” added Meyer. “It will help them meet production requirements, and save significant costs associated with conveyors, lifts and other fixed automation.”
An even stronger model, the M-2000iA/1200, offers a 1,200 kg payload. It can support that payload with a 1.25 m offset from the faceplate and full articulated motion at the wrist. The strongest power for all six axes enables a single robot to handle a super heavy part, which previously required dual robots.
In the IMTS demonstration, an M-2000iA/900L robot positioned a tractor frame near an R-2000iB/165F robot. The R-2000iB, equipped with the company’s iRVision 3DL picked randomly piled brackets and placed them on the tractor frame with power clamps to hold the brackets in place. The M-2000iA/900L then moved the tractor frame to two quad-arm Arc Mate robots for simulated welding of the brackets to the frame. Upon completion of the weld cycle, all
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In the soup, sealed I/O modules
Holjeron weather-sealed I/O modules.
Fully potted and sealed to NEMA 6P and IP68 ratings, Aqua Series I/O modules from Holjeron include versions with 4 analog inputs, 4 analog outputs, 8 individually configurable digital I/O lines, and 4 frequency inputs. The company says they are suited for construction vehicles, petrochemical, wastewater and other process industries where robust and rugged DeviceNet I/O communications are needed. The modules also feature extensive protection against shock and vibration, while, so the company says, delivering fast response times and high resolution.
Holjeron says it has been designing and manufacturing high quality, specialized CAN (Controller Area Network) devices for the industrial, petrochemical and homeland security markets for more than 10 years. The company specializes in customized devices with embedded CAN network interfaces and support all major industrial CAN protocols, including DeviceNet, CANOpen, and Smart Distributed System. CAN-enabled products include controller cards, motor starters, push buttons, light stacks, process I/O, powered roller controllers and more.
Dedicated or general purpose controller? Both
Delta Tau Data Systems says itsdesigners from a classic dilemma: the choice between a dedicated controller that makes executing basic tasks easy, but can limit the sophistication of what can be accomplished; or a general-purpose computing engine that permits the use of the full sophistication of modern programming languages whilemaking it very difficult just to get from Point A to Point B.
— C.G. Masi , senior editor
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