SCARA Robot Line Expanded
FANUC America says the newest additions increase reach and payload options for assembly, packaging, pick-and-place, and inspection processes.
FANUC America (Rochester Hills, Mich.) has expanded its line of 4-axis SCARA robots to now include the SR-3iA, SR-6iA, SR-12iA, and new SR-20iA models with 3-, 6-, 12- and 20-kg payload capacities and a reach range from 400-1100 mm.
Fanuc says the small SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARAs have a compact footprint, with 3-axis models available for the SR-3iA/H and SR-6iA/H. The higher-payload SR-12iA and SR-20iA have a large vertical stroke, options for operating in harsh conditions and internal cable routing, reducing potential interference.
The six models available include the SR-3iA (4-axis/400-mm reach), SR-3iA/H (3-axis/400-mm reach), SR-6iA (4-axis/650-mm reach), SR-6iA/H (3-axis/650-mm reach), SR-12iA (4-axis/900-mm reach), and the SR-20iA (4-axis/1100-mm reach).
FANUC’s expanded line of SCARA robots includes six models.
An injection molding robot is no better than its end-of-arm tooling (EOAT). All the potential benefits of robots--increased productivity, quality, and safety, as well as reduced scrap--are influenced by the effectiveness with which the EOAT does its job. End-of-arm tooling may perform tasks as simple as sprue picking and demolding or as advanced as degating, insert loading, parts reorientation, and assembly.
Hot buttons at the show will be multi-component molding, in-mold labeling/decorating (IML/IMD), in-mold assembly, medical molding, liquid silicone rubber (LSR), micro-molding, and high-speed packaging.
With so many choices available today, it’s important for molders to understand the pros and cons of Cartesian vs. articulated-arm robots and how their capabilities overlap more than ever before.