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FANUC M-3iA Robot Loads Conveyor Buckets with Candy Pouches - Courtesy of Remtec


In this application engineered by Remtec Corporation, a FANUC 4-axis M-3iA Robot picks randomized pouches of candy and placing them into buckets on a continuous cartoner infeed conveyor. The design rate for the application is 90 pouches/minute.

The system is designed to operate in three modes:

• Picks semi-random pouches straight from the pouching operation.

• Picks pouches from a hopper-fed buffer conveyor with a pouch flattener.

• Combined mode -- either direct or hopper-fed.

The application uses Fanuc Robotics' iRVision with visual line tracking to locate the pouches to be picked. In addition, the cartoner conveyor is being tracked by a separate encoder and fed to the robot controller, making this a dual-tracking application. iRvision is also used to reject crushed and overlapping pouches, which are simply recirculated to the hopper and later flattened and reintroduced via a buffer conveyor. The black belt on the pick conveyor allows iRVision to be configured so that white, silver metallic, and even clear pouches can be picked with one Vision Process.

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Key Robot Technology Demonstrated


M-3iA Robot

FANUC M-3iA Picking Pouches of Candy
  • 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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