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Heavy lifting collaborative robot

05 May 2015

Previously the stuff of science fiction, FANUC has launched what is claimed to be the world’s first heavy lifting collaborative robot, the CR-35iA, which is designed to work 'hand-in-hand' with human employees.

FANUC’s collaborative robot uses integrated vision technology, iRVision, to ensure safety by automatically stopping when the robot touches a human operator. This removes the need for safety fences, a previous requirement for all industrial robots, increasing production efficiencies and enabling a higher level of automation.

Servicing a variety of manufacturing industries, the CR-35iA can perform both simple and complex tasks lifting payloads of up to 35kg.

Chris Sumner, vice president of FANUC Europe and managing director, FANUC UK said: "Collaborative robot technology opens up a new era for manufacturing in which humans and robots will work even more closely on tasks; increasing productivity and efficiencies across the plant floor.”


 
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