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Human friendly cage-free robots

By Rick Pendrous

- Last updated on GMT

Human friendly cage-free robots

Related tags Robot Robotics

A collaborative robot, or ‘cobot’, designed for working safely with shopfloor staff, challenged to work alongside a caged cell containing a conventional robot, will be the centrepiece of Fanuc’s stand at the show.

Over the past couple of years, the first generation of collaborative robots have been revolutionising the way in which robots and humans work together.

In contrast to traditional robots, which cannot operate in an operator-occupied workspace without safety fencing, these cage-free robots can work side-by-side with humans on shared or separate tasks.

In the conventional cell, which is completely open on two sides, Fanuc’s Dual Check Safety (DCS) technology is combined with a safety scanner and safety camera.

The robot will slow down to a safe speed as humans approach the cell, but will only stop when a hand moves into the cell itself. This allows robots to maximise productivity.

The game-changing human safe CR-35iA robot has a 35kg payload – claimed to be higher than other collaborative robots on the market – opening up applications that have previously been off-limits for both traditional industrial robots and lighter duty collaborative robots.

Contact: Fanuc UK

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