A New Era of Collaborative Technology: FANUC’s First Lightweight Cobot

With a view to tackling global skills shortages and the need to increase production flexibility, FANUC has launched its first-ever lightweight collaborative robot, the CRX-10iA.

While all six models in FANUC’s current ‘green’ CR series of collaborative robots are closely based on the company’s proven and widely used industrial robots, the new CRX-10iA collaborative robot is a completely new category. Launched at iREX, the world’s largest robot trade show, in Tokyo, the CRX-10iA intends to broaden the scope of collaborative work able to be undertaken between robots and manufacturing employees.

Unlike FANUC’s existing CR series of collaborative robots, the brand new CRX-10iA is significantly lighter, weighing just 39kg. As such, it can be easily installed across a broad range of applications such as driverless transport systems and automated guided vehicles (AGVs).

The CRX-10iA is available in two different variants: a standard-arm version with a reach of 1200mm and a long-arm version with a maximum reach of 1400mm. Both variants have a maximum payload of 10kg. Underneath the CRX-10iA’s ergonomic frame lies a fully-functioning industrial robot built to the quality standards synonymous with FANUC.

A new innovation unique to the CRX-10iA is the ability to replace the Teach Pendant with a tablet computer, which increases ease-of-use thanks to a new user interface. Its intuitive operation will not only be of use to new users, such as the growing number of small and medium-sized companies looking to scale up their automation; but can also cut set-up times for more experienced users, such as those in the automotive industry.

CRX-10iA Launch at iREX, Tokyo, 18-21st December 2019

As with all models in FANUC’s existing CR series, the CRX-10iA can be equipped with a vision system to enable autonomous loading and unloading of containers or shelving systems. The model on display at iREX showcased this ability by loading metal blocks into a ROBODRILL machine tool using a 3D vision sensor.

The CRX-10iA will be available to European customers from mid-2020.

For more information on FANUC UK’s range of robots and automation solutions, please visit: https://www.fanuc.eu/uk/en.

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