Thursday, June 28, 2007
FANUC Robotics Features M-710iC Robot for Precision Assembly
M-710iC/50 robot equipped with the FANUC iRVision 3D laser vision sensor and FS-60 force sensor.

FANUC Robotics recently featured its M-710iC robot equipped with iRVision and force sensing in a precision assembly application during the 2007 International Robots & Vision Show held in  Rosemont (Chicago) IL, June 12-14.


At the show, the M-710iC/50 robot equipped with the FANUC iRVision 3D laser vision sensor demonstrated an advanced precision assembly operation. Attendees attempted to insert a part into an off-angle hole with a keyed shaft, which is a difficult application requiring high tolerance. The robot then performed the same operation, showing how this type of assembly is easily accomplished when a robot can “see” the random location of a part using FANUC 3D vision as well as “feel” how to insert the part with FANUC’s FS-60 force sensor.


“The FANUC FS-60 force sensor provides 3D assembly with six degrees of freedom, allowing complex or precise assembly operations as shown in our demonstration,” said Ray Moran, material handling engineer, FANUC Robotics America, Inc. 


The M-710iC robot features six axes of motion, an extremely large work envelope, slim profile and small footprint.  The versatile M-710iC robot offers three model variations with payloads ranging from 20 kg to 70 kg., and a reach of 1360 mm to 3110 mm.  Multiple mounting methods including floor, ceiling, angle and wall, make it possible for users to have better access to unusual work pieces.  In addition, the FoundryPRO option makes the entire robot IP67 protected for operation in harsh environments. 


“This is an exciting robot based on its capabilities and flexibility,” said Virgil Wilson, product manager, FANUC Robotics America, Inc.  “It’s rated ‘best in class’ for speed, and has one of the largest work envelopes in its class.  In addition, its compact size and ability to flip over and work behind itself maximizes flexibility for work cell design, and saves valuable floor space.”