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More work less space with latest ArcMate
Article Type: New products From: Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 38, Issue 2
Making weld cells smaller and more productive is the aim of FANUC Robotics’ latest welding robot the ArcMate 100iC/10 s. Designed for small weld cells or for densely populated welding systems, the ArcMate has a shorter forearm and a 10 kg payload for special welding guns and advanced sensor technology.
A variant of the ArcMate 100iC welding robot, the new arm retains its slim design and further supports multi-robot requirements with its compact 1,098 mm reach. Mounting options, including base mount, ceiling and angle orientation, further increase opportunities for system builders.
Designed for high productivity the 10-kg capacity arm will manipulate heavier torches and sensor systems at best in class tool centre point speeds of 4.21 m/s. Further increasing productivity, the arm has the ability to flip on joint three helping to maximise the robot’s work envelope when inverted.
Longer cable life remains a core benefit of FANUC Robotics’ new ARCMate 100iC Robot. Internal cable management, from the robot’s “base to the weld torch”, allows the dress package (wire, gas and power supplies) to accurately and repeatably follow the robots motion avoiding snagged and broken cables.
By using its advanced collision protection software, integral to its R30iA controller, the ARCMate 100iC does not require a collision protection sensor – this allows the weld torch offset to be significantly shortened. In addition, the cable management system ensures that full rotation of the wrist joint is possible while maintaining the full protection of the service cables and shield gas pipes.
Control of up to 40 multiple axes is available with the R-30iA controller and when used in multi-arm mode one controller can control four arms and four auxiliary axes groups.
Further reducing the additional control hardware common to any installation, the new controller can be completed with its own Programmable Machine Controller (PMC). The PMC has an integrated monitor which allows the user to monitor the PMC ladder in a graphic display for all levels and subprograms that reside in the controller.