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World’s first heavy lifting collaborative robot

14 April 2015

The launch of the world’s first heavy lifting industrial collaborative robot, the FANUC CR-35iA, which works hand-in-hand with human employees, moves the idea of collaborative robots out of the realms of science fiction.

FANUC’s collaborative robot uses integrated vision technology, iRVision, to ensure safety by automatically stopping when the robot touches a human operator. This removes the need for safety fences, a previous requirement for all industrial robots, increasing production efficiencies and enabling a higher level of automation.
Servicing a variety of manufacturing industries, the CR-35iA is able to perform simple and complex tasks, lifting payloads of up to 35 kg.
Commenting on the announcement, Chris Sumner, vice president of FANUC Europe and managing director, FANUC UK said: “Collaborative robot technology opens up a new era for manufacturing in which humans and robots will work even more closely on tasks; increasing productivity and efficiencies across the plant floor.”

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