Canadian Plastics

First six-axis overhead rail-mounted robot

FANUC Robotics will showcase a production unit of one of its innovative overhead rail-mounted, top-loading robots, M-16iT at CMTS. The M-16iT is one of the first six-axis, top-loading robots in North ...

September 1, 1999   Canadian Plastics



FANUC Robotics will showcase a production unit of one of its innovative overhead rail-mounted, top-loading robots, M-16iT at CMTS. The M-16iT is one of the first six-axis, top-loading robots in North America.

These unique overhead robots are designed for load/unload applications in the machine tool and plastics industries and are available in three models, M-6iT, M-16iT, and M-16iLT. The models offer a variety of reach and payload capabilities. The modular, electric servo-driven robots are engineered for precision, high-speed operation and user-friendly installation.

The robots’ six axes of motion (one linear and five rotary) result in a “mobile” robot capable of servicing multiple machines, stations or operations. In addition, this six-axis dexterity provides the ability to re-orient parts between operations as well as service both vertical and horizontal machines.

The rail mount allows top, front or side entry into the machine tool, and allows the robot to reach back behind itself to provide a three-dimensional work envelope, as opposed to the two-dimensional work envelope offered by a traditional linear gantry. The overhead mount allows a full range of motion for secondary operations such as trimming, washing, deburring, palletizing, labeling or packing. It also reduces floor space and ceiling height requirements compared to gantry robots and keeps the front of the machine tool clear for tool change and maintenance.

FANUC Robotics Canada, Ltd. 905/812-2300

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