|The M-430iA is the first and only
robot to achieve USDA Acceptance|
America, Inc. recently announced that its M-430iA/2F
high-speed, food picking robot is the first and only robot to
meet the hygiene requirements for meat and poultry processing,
and receive equipment acceptance from the United States
Department of Agriculture.
proud that the M-430iA is built in
accordance with the USDA, AMS hygiene requirements for the
materials, design, and fabrication of equipment used in the
preparation and packaging of food products,” said Sumeet
Vispute, product manager, picking, packing, and palletizing,
FANUC Robotics America, Inc. “The M-430iA robot has met or
exceeded the USDA, AMS criteria as published in the
NSF/ANSI/3-A 14159-1 2002 specifications, passed inspection,
and earned the right to bear the USDA, AMS Meat and Poultry
Accepted Equipment logo.”
specifically for food washdown environments, the
M-430iA/2F food robot is
capable of picking primary food and packaged products at
speeds up to 120 cycles per minute on a continuous basis while
using visual line tracking. In addition, the
compact robot can be mounted in a variety of positions
including floor, wall or invert, which maximizes flexibility
for tight workspaces.
is the ideal solution in terms of speed and flexibility, and
now the USDA acceptance allows us to help a greater number of
food customers meet today’s high quality/cleanliness
standards,” added Vispute.
food robot offers a wide range of benefits,
clean design with no food particle retention areas to resist
bacteria growth and rust.
arm to avoid air line and electric cable exposure
of working with primary (unpackaged) and secondary (packaged)
with food-grade grease, and USDA-accepted
special coating, materials and seals to withstand caustic food
industry cleaners and acids used in food plant washdown
IP67 rating for
the entire robot allows it to withstand the rinsing process
after the caustic washdown.
Materials used in
product contact areas are in accordance with the applicable
FDA requirements as stated in 21 CFR, parts 174-189.
M-430iA/2F is the
fastest robot ever designed by FANUC Robotics, and sets a new
speed record for articulated robots of 120 cycles per minute
at a 1 kg payload, and 100 cycles per minute at a 2 kg
payload,” added Vispute.
addition to food, the M-430iA/2F intelligent
robot is ideal for handling beverages, medical devices,
cosmetics, household products, office supplies, and many other
Software and Sensors Integrated in the M-430iA
Robotics’ PickTool software is designed to
simplify setup of high-speed multi-robot picking systems.
incoming product so that each robot in the system picks an
equal number of products. It can also
assign a specific percentage of products for each robot to
more than one type of product is on the conveyor, the
programmer simply assigns a percentage value and a part ID to
distribute each robot’s picking assignments,” said
addition, PickTool allows each robot to pick from a certain
section of the conveyor.
For example, it can assign half of the robots to pick
from one side of the conveyor, and the other half of the
robots to pick from the opposite side.
key benefits of PickTool include:
and/or skip any number of selected
fill trays or cases as they move along the
redistribution of product to another robot if the assigned
robot stops, ensuring that every product is always
point for setup of the entire multi-robot system, making it
very easy to use
eliminates the need for a PC during
also offers PickPRO, the latest process-specific plug-in to
ROBOGUIDE/PickPRO is an off-line robot simulation
software with a FANUC Robotics Virtual Robot Controller and
full-featured robot programming.
“PickPRO allows customers to
create a multi-robot picking system in the virtual world,
making programming extremely user-friendly,” added
engineers the tools needed to develop and test a complete
robotic application in a simulation environment without the
time and costs associated with developing a prototype work
ROBOGUIDE, users can simulate a robotic process in a 3D
environment with the most accurate cycle time information for
FANUC robots, compared to any other simulation package
available in the industry.
The FANUC iRVision
system is a ready-to-use robotic vision package, requiring
only a camera and cable – no additional processing
hardware. It has
a 2D robot guidance tool to accomplish part location, error
proofing, and other operations that normally require special
sensors or custom fixtures.