Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 9 2016 - Page 20

Fanuc Robots Collaborate With Each Other! PPMA Total Exhibition, NEC Birmingham, 27-29 September 2016, Stand C50 WRITTEN BY Abbey Labels PHOTOGRAPHY BY Abbey Labels Abbey Labels FANUC City is situated at the foot of Mount Fuji, near Lake Yamanaka. Covering 1.5 million square metres, it is home to all FANUC’s unique production facilities. At the PPMA Total Exhibition, on the fencing, these cage-free robots can Now, just as when a human intruder FANUC stand (C50), FANUC is taking work side by side with humans on penetrates the safety system, the robotic safety a further leap into the shared or separate tasks. robot in the cell will likewise react if future. A collaborative robot, or cobot, designed for working safely with In the conventional cell, which is the collaborative robot gets too close. completely open on two sides, The game-changing human safe FANUC’s Dual Check Safety (DCS) CR-35iA robot has an impressive containing a conventional robot. technology is combined with a safety 35kg payload – higher than any other scanner and safety camera. The robot collaborative robot on the market, Over the last couple of years, the first will slow down to a safe speed as opening up applications that have generation of collaborative robot has humans approach the cell, but will previously been off-limits for both been revolutionising the way in which only stop when a hand moves into traditional industrial robots and lighter robots and humans work together. the cell itself. This allows them to duty collaborative robots. Key target In contrast to traditional robots, maximise productivity and not spend areas include automation assembly which cannot operate in an operator- unnecessary time ramping back up to lines, metalworking and packaging. occupied workspace without safety full production speed. human colleagues, will be challenged to work alongside a caged cell 20 FDPP -