FANUC Robotics Introduces New High-Speed Arm

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 20, 2005— FANUC Robotics America, Inc. will introduce the new M-6iB/6S Solution Arm during the 2005 International Robots and Vision Show, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill., Sept. 27-29, booth #1108.

The Solution Arm is the latest member of the popular M-6iB/6S robot series, which now offers several model variations and enhanced performance options to meet the needs of customers with high speed, light weight applications for assembly, part transfer, picking and packing.

"FANUC Robotics' unique Solution Arm offers a revolutionary method of solving the routing of air lines and electrical connections to the end-of-arm-tool," said Joe Portelli, FANUC Robotics' material handling product manager. "Many companies find that broken air lines and electrical connections are the number one source of downtime in their plants, and this robot solves that problem."

According to Portelli, the variations and enhancements to the M-6iB/6S series raise the bar for high-speed motion. "While competing articulated robots may be able to achieve these rates for short-duration bursts, a new High Duty variation of the M-6iB/6S allows it to maintain high speeds for extended periods."

At the show, the M-6iB/6S Solution Arm, equipped with FANUC's V-500iA/2DV vision sensor will demonstrate the advantages of using visual line tracking to pick and transfer randomly placed parts from a moving conveyor.

"We're demonstrating that the six-axis M-6iB/6S is a better alternative to commonly used high-speed SCARA and Cartesian robots. The speed combined with flexibility makes the M-6iB/6S a great value," said Portelli.

Model variations of the M-6iB/6S series

The M-6iB/2HS is a 2kg high-speed variant optimized for applications that require extremely rapid pick and place operations, such as picking, packing or part transfer. This model variation features revised motors and drive trains for "best in class" speed.

The M-6iB/6S Solution Arm and M-6iB/2HS Solution Arm variants feature a new hollow wrist and pre-engineered EOAT cabling. Key features and benefits:

-- Reduced time and cost of EOAT dress-out

-- Improved EOAT cabling service life

FANUC Robotics America, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products, and complete aftermarket support. After 23 years of success, FANUC Robotics maintains its position as the leading robotics company in the Americas. A subsidiary of FANUC LTD in Japan, the company has facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio; Toronto; Montreal; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over 145,000 FANUC robots are installed worldwide. Contact FANUC Robotics at or by calling 800-47-ROBOT.

FANUC Robotics
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