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Toolbox Welding Using FANUC Flexible Arc Welding Robot


A FANUC R-1000iA robot uses iRVision 2D to locate a randomly-placed toolbox in a part bin. The box is loaded onto a two-axis welding positioner where two FANUC ARC Mate 100iC robots use iRVision to locate welding paths.

The ARC Mate 100iC robots proceed to simulate welding using FANUC coordinated motion. Prior to welding the part, the ARC Mate 100iC robots run through the iRVision Tip Inspection to verify the condition of the welding tips. The 2-axis positioner allows the part to tilt while welding to maintain an optimum torch angle. It also allows rotates to reposition the part to the opposite side. The R-1000iA robot transfers the welded box from the positioner to a material removal station to simulate finish grinding using force sensing.

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Key Technology Demonstrated


R-1000iA Robot

  • A large operating space (including its rear and downward side) due to a serial link configuration.
  • High-speed approach from home to working position and fast positioning in short pitch motion can minimize the required time of process.
  • The R-30iA robot controller enables intelligent functions including integrated vision and networking options.
  • The R-1000iA is made as slim as possible in width and provides accessibility to adjacent robots, fixtures, and workpieces.

ARC Mate 100iC Robot

  • Process specific arm protects and minimizes wear of the torch cable.
  • Highest motion speeds in class for maximum performance and productivity.
  • Best in class reach versus stroke ratio.
  • Compact design simplifies installation and transportation of system.
  • Offers an extremely large work envelope useful for large parts or complex tooling.
  • Extremely fast wrist axes reduces aircut times, thus improving throughput.
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