FANUC Expands Line of CRX Collaborative Robots

FANUC Corporation has introduced the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA collaborative robots, the latest additions to its popular CRX series that includes the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L collaborative robots.

FANUC will demonstrate all five CRX models at IREX (International Robot Exhibition – March 9-12, 2022), at the Tokyo Big Sight in booth E4-04, and at IREX Virtual (March 1-18, 2022).

Shinichi Tanzawa, President & CEO of FANUC Europe Corporation, said: “We see a lot of demand for collaborative robots in the European market and want to offer fitting solutions for a broad range of applications. Our cobots are designed to support every type of manufacturer – small or large – to expand their capabilities with the highest reliability.

The latest CRX cobots complement FANUC’s existing line of CR and CRX cobots that now total 11 cobot model variations to handle products from 4 to 35kg. This is the most extensive line-up of easy-to-use cobots available on the market today.

The rollout of the new CRX-5iA, CRX-20iA/L and CRX-25iA cobots, which provide a 5kg, 20kg, and 25kg payload as well as a maximum reach of 994mm, 1418mm and 1889mm, respectively, follows the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L cobot models. These both feature a 10kg payload and a reach of 1249mm and 1418mm, respectively. The five CRX models combined with FANUC’s CR series of green cobots extends FANUC’s ability to help more companies looking to automate with cobots.

CRX Collaborative Robots: Safe, Easy to Use, Reliable and Versatile

FANUC’s line of CRX cobots are safe, easy-to-use, reliable and a versatile solution for a wide range of applications, including inspection, machine load/unload, packing, palletising, sanding, welding, and more. The IP67 protection level dustproof and waterproof performance is standard for all five CRX models so that customers can use them even in the harsh environment areas of the factory. The CRX cobots can detect external forces in the workspace, stopping safely when making contact with a person or object. This technology allows the CRX to work safely alongside people without the need for expensive guarding.

Most cobots have a lightweight and compact design – but the FANUC CRX cobots offer much more, including their high suitability for industrial environments and no maintenance for up to eight years. In addition, interactive programming enables users to teach points using hand guidance or a tablet interface with drag and drop icons. The CRX can be used with a standard 100V/240V power supply and includes energy-saving equipment with a power consumption of about 400W (with a 25kg payload). The series supports several of FANUC’s advanced features, including iRVision and is a perfect fit for any company looking to achieve higher efficiencies – even those that have yet to use their first robot.

Ralf Völlinger, Vice President and General Manager of FANUC Europe’s robot division, added: “FANUC’s family of CRX offer the same intelligent features and reliability that our customers have become accustomed to. Moreover, their lightweight, easy setup and intuitive operation make it a great fit, especially for first-time robot users.”

FANUC will begin shipping production units of the new CRX-20iA/L in April 2022. The CRX-25iA and CRX-5iA will be available in June 2022.

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