Mitsubishi Electric Automation introduced the F-series high-performance industrial robots for extremely dexterous, complex operations. These robots incorporate features that make it easier to perform applications that had previously been difficult or impossible. One such feature, the force sensor, in combination with coordinated motion and automatic collision avoidance, allows the creation of densely packed robot cells that can perform highly dexterous operations. These tasks are typically performed by an operator in a cellular manufacturing work cell.
Other key features include:
- Internal routing of cables and hoses
- Coordinated motion
- Automatic collision avoidance
- Force torque sensor
The F-series includes SCARA robots with 3-, 6-, 12- and 20-kg payload capacities and articulated robots offering 2-, 4- and 7-kg payload capacities. Depending upon the model selected, improvements over previous models include increased operating speed, increased Z-axis speed, stronger wrist axis, and wider operating range.
The robots are offered in both vertical and horizontal configurations, and are suitable for material handling, machine tending, assembly, picking, packing, kitting, dispensing, inspection, and other applications. They are also designed for more efficient manufacturing. For example, they require shorter startup times compared to fixed automation, and use less energy and generate less scrap than manual operation.
“The F-Series is a total automation suite, with well thought out control architecture, simple interfaces to business systems and a comprehensive approach to problem solving,” said Aravind Durai, robotics product manager.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation
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