|The ARC Mate 100iC is the highest
performing robot in its class|
America, Inc. recently introduced the new ARC Mate
welding robot, which features a compact design, and offers an
integrated welding solution with class-leading operation
efficiency, speed, load capacity, and enhanced performance for
welding parts of all shapes and sizes.
traditional dress packages, which are mounted externally on
the robot’s arm, the ARC Mate 100iC’s internal routing allows
the dress package to follow the motion range of the robot,
simplifying programming and eliminating the worries of
bending, snagging or breaking cables.
“The ARC Mate
100iC is the highest
performance arc welding robot in its class,” said Mike Sharpe,
FANUC Robotics’ director of engineering for materials
internal dress package also makes it extremely easy to operate
and maintain, and ensures a longer cable life.”
The ARC Mate
can be integrated in a welding system that includes the weld
torch cable, wire feeder, and welding power supply. A variety of design
forearm is inherently rigid, simplifying cable management and
feed control cable, with shielding gas hose and welding power
A 15% increase in
acceleration for higher motion
A 10 kg payload,
which represents a 67% increase over the previous model,
supports traditional welding dress-out packages.
and a 15% size reduction of the robot base maximizes reach in
confined areas, allowing manufacturers to install multiple
robots in close proximity, and save valuable floor space.
positions include floor, invert and angle.
range including ‘best in class” reach versus stroke.
The ARC Mate
100iC also supports
a wide range of intelligent functions such
iRVision, a ready-to-use
built-in robotic vision package.
simulation package easily models the ARC Mate 100iC dress-out, and downloads
programs to the robot, which run without touch-up.
eliminates the usual touch-ups and verifications associated
with off-line programming or fixture and tool
detects robot collisions with external objects, minimizing
damage to the part, robot, and torch.
“ArcLink XT, the
industry’s first Ethernet-based welding network is another
feature that provides a high performing welding
interface. It is
a flexible and powerful welding network that allows the
R-30iA Controller to
handle up to four welding power supplies,” said
developed in partnership with Lincoln Electric, is the next
generation in arc welding network communications offering
improved performance over existing welding communication
connection to the welder is over the standard R-30iA Ethernet connection.
At the recent 2007
Robots and Vision Show, FANUC Robotics featured three welding
robots working in coordinated motion with one FANUC
the new powerful ARC Mate 100iC robot equipped with
Lincoln Electric Power Wave i400, and ROBOGUIDE-WeldPRO
simulation software, along with two M-6iB/6S robots. FANUC’s iRVision located
randomly-placed parts from a bin. Each
picked a part and then held the parts in sync as the ARC Mate
welding the parts together. A WeldPRO
demonstration highlighted the simulation of the
The R-30iA Controller uses
high-performance hardware and the latest advances in network,
and motion control functions, providing a level of
intelligence never offered before, including the ability to
control 40 axes with one controller (4 robots plus other
“In a welding cell,
multi-arm control allows customers to achieve maximum
utilization of their robots. Using one or two
robots for material handling while other robots perform
welding maximizes flexibility,” said Sharpe. “By simply changing
the end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT) on the material handling robots,
a wide variety of parts can be welded within a single work