Collaborative Robots 101:
Cobots and what you need to know

Collaborative robots or “Cobots” have grown in popularity in recent years.  Collaborative robots utilize proven safety features offering a more flexible solution and smaller footprint in many instances when compared to traditional industrial robots.

8 years zero maintenance 

FANUC CRX Cobot Series

 

The safety and flexibility Collaborative robots provide without the need for safety fencing or equipment is done by using sensors and force controls. The ergonomic product design of the FANUC CRX is designed to eliminate injury and avoid collisions when working side by side with humans.

FANUC’s line of cobots, including the new CRX has inherited the same intelligence and reliability that our traditional yellow robots have had for decades! For example, FANUC’s integrated iRvision including 2D, 3D, bin pick, and area scanners – all incredible vision technology right in our cobots as a plug and play feature.

CRX-10iA

10kg payload and 1,249mm reach

Small collaborative robot CRX 10iA

CRX-10iA/L

10kg payload and 1,418mm reach

CRX 10iA/L Collaborative Robot Arm

CRX Collaborative Robot offers Quick Deployment and Easy Setup


A flexible collaborative robot like FANUC’s CRX offers quick deployment and easy setup. With both the CRX cobot and its controller being lightweight and compact, bulky equipment such as overhead cranes to get things into place are not required. The CRX’s small footprint and powerful R-30iB mini plus controller requires zero fencing or guarding, and runs on standard 120V power outlet – making setup a breeze. All of these benefits help companies reduce costs, save valuable floor space, and improve the bottom line.

CRX Tablet Teach Pendant
Collaborative Robot CRX 10iAL Gripper EOAT
Controller for Collaborative Robots

CRX Cobots – Fast Setup, Simple Programming, Safe


Not all cobots are created equal, but with FANUC’s collaborative robot the CRX‘s “Ease of Use” benefit is its Simple Drag and Drop Programming. Thirty years ago, robot programming was a high-level structured language like Fortran or C++. An engineer or maintenance technician had to know and understand the programming language. That changes with the all new FANUC CRX Tablet Teach Pendant. Easily program and teach points with the CRX Tablet Teach Pendant. The drag and drop interface for lead-through teaching and simple programming is easy with no prior robotic experience needed.

Collaborative Robot Palletizing
Collaborative Robot Sanding
Collaborative Robot Machine Tending
CRX Collaborative Robot Welding

Cobots, perfect for high mix to low volume tasks

These factors make collaborative robots a natural fit in a diverse range of industries and applications.  Shift from high-mix low volume to low mix and high volume task easily. With a wide range of end of arm tooling (EOAT) supplied by FANUC Approved Device Partners makes it easy for a collaborative robot to switch tasks as well. The possibilities are truly endless but common applications for cobots are: AI vision inspection, arc welding, machine tending, palletizing, vision guided pick and place, finishing, sanding and more.

The FANUC CRX cobot is the only collaborative robot on the market with FANUC reliability offering 8 years of Zero Maintenance on Motors, Reducers, Sensors, Cables and Grease The CRX has FANUC industrial-strength Reliability proven through accelerated life tests on the following parts: Castings, Reducers, Cables, Sensors, PCBs.

Why choose the FANUC CRX Collaborative Robot?

FANUC is truly your “one stop shop” for advanced hardware and software technologies. When it comes to automation, being able to work with one supplier is a major advantage that streamlines the entire process. In addition we have experience, we’re proud to announce a major manufacturing milestone, our 750,000th robot is complete!

What does this mean for you? When you’re looking to put your trust, production and manufacturing into a product and company, rest assured FANUC is a smart choice. With 750,000 robot produced you can Trust FANUC; the world’s leading supplier of CNC, robotics and Robomachine automation.

8 years zero maintenance 

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