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Two FANUC Food Robots Pick Doughnuts at 220 Picks/Minute


This video is a demonstration of high-speed picking and order loading of the intelligent FANUC M-3iA Robot and the FANUC M-430iA food picking robot.

An M-3iA/6S four-axis robot locates and picks two randomly-placed doughnuts from an inbound conveyor and places them on an outbound conveyor at rates of 220 picks per minute. The M-3iA robot is a larger version of FANUC Robotics' M-1iA robot. Equipped with iRVision® Visual Tracking, this four-axis M-3iA has a single-axis wrist for simple assembly and high-speed picking operations, offering speeds up to 4000 degrees per second. This demonstration also features the M-3iA's enhanced wrist which is 20 percent faster than the previous model.

A FANUC M-430iA/4HF robot transfers doughnuts from the outbound conveyor back to the inbound conveyor six at a time. Designed specifically for food washdown environments, the M-430iA food robot is capable of picking primary food and packaged products, and is the first robot to meet the hygiene requirements for meat and poultry processing, and receive equipment acceptance from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Key Robot Technology Demonstrated


M-430iA Robot

  • M-430iA is the first and only USDA accepted articulated robot.
  • IP67 rating allowing them to work in harsh environments.
  • Best speed in class at higher payloads (100 cycles/minute at 2kg).
  • FANUC iRVision Option for Visual Line Tracking to locate randomly oriented products on a moving line.
  • Can withstand food washdown.
  • Intelligent robot controller adds iRVision capability without need to use external PC.
  • Best-in-class wrist moment specifications.

M-3iA Robot

  • Available in a 4-axis or 6-axis designs.
  • iRVision and FANUC force control are supported on both models.
  • Unique parallel-link design maximizes speed and acceleration.
  • Higher speed and acceleration reduces number of robots needed for an application, condensing overall footprint of a manufacturing system.
  • Six-axis design (three-axis wrist) enables part feeding from the sides of a work zone, increasing the useable workspace.
  • Four-axis design (single-axis wrist) moves parts at extremely high speeds.
  • Food option with food-grade grease features a special coating to handle acid and alkaline disinfectants, and low-pressure rinsing.
  • Ability to work with primary (unpackaged) or secondary (packaged) food products.
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