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Smarter, Faster & More Compact Robot Controller

16 January 2013

The latest robot controller from FANUC offers smart features claimed to take control and productivity to the next level. According to the company the new R-30iB robot controller saves up to 77% floor area, enables faster and easier programming, saves power and maximises productivity.

Measuring just 500 x 600 x 470mm,  the overall volume of the R-30iB is reduced by 68%. In multi-robot systems where the controller can be stacked up, the design offers further space saving benefits: three stacked up controllers can reduce the floor space required by 77%.

Using the same platform as the new FANUC 30i CNC controller, the completely revised robot controller packs the same power, and more, as its larger predecessor with more than 4096 I/O supported, 40 axes control capability and eight motion groups, up to four line tracking encoders, and support for most common industrial communication/bus systems.

Making programming and interaction easier is the new FANUC iPendant Touch which comes with a 4D graphic function. The new pendant provides real time visualisation of process on its touch screen monitor, making programming and editing faster. Typically, using 3D graphic simulations, the programmer can save time by easily seeing all active safety zones both when programming and, importantly, when recovering.

The controller also offers improved energy efficiencies. Automatic motor braking, after exceeding a programmed idle period, allows motors to reduce power but still maintain arm position.