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Robotic Assembly and Disassembly of Solar Panels

  A FANUC M-1iA high speed parallel link robot (also known as a delta robot) and an LR Mate 200iC robot assemble and disassemble solar panels. The M-1iA robot equipped with iRVision Visual Tracking picks solar cells fed randomly on a belt conveyor and forms an array of ten solar cells on an outbound conveyor. An LR Mate 200iC robot, locates the array using iRVision and transfers it to the top of a solar panel for assembly. The robot then picks a glass panel from a magazine and places it on top of the solar cell. After two solar panels are built, the LR Mate 200iC disassembles the panels and the cycle repeats itself. The M-1iA robot is designed for small part handling, high speed picking, and assembly applications.


Key Technology Demonstrated



  • Robot Ideal for small part assembly and picking and packing applications
  • Lightweight and compact size. Ability to work in small spaces
  • iRVision is built-in
  • Can be installed in multiple orientations. 4-axis and 6-axis variants
  • A 3 axis wrist makes the M-1iA extremely flexible and versatile compared to traditional SCARA robots.

LR Mate 200iC Robot

  • Offers maximum performance in a light, efficient, accurate and nimble (LEAN) package.
  • Meets the automation needs of a variety of industries including electronics, medical devices, food, metals, plastics, and packaged and consumer goods.
  • Its compact design and flexibility to quickly adapt to small lot sizes, new styles and other modifications provides manufacturers an affordable solution for small part, flexible production.
  • The six-axis, LR Mate 200iC robot rates ‘best in class’ for its wrist load capacity, repeatability, work envelope, and speed.
  • Multiple mounting options: floor, tabletop, inside machines, angle and invert, which maximizes flexibility for small and narrow workspaces.