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FANUC launches two new small collaborative robots to go with its big heavy one

FANUC has introduced a range of new collaborative robots – the CR-4iA and CR-7iA table-top size collaborative robots – and its CR-35iA heavy-payload collaborative robot.

The CR-7iA, CR-7iA/L, and CR-4iA collaborative robots follow the launch of the larger CR-35iA collaborative robot. Greg Buell, product manager, FANUC America, says: “Our collaborative robots are equipped with highly-sensitive contact detection allowing them to share workstations with people. This is a major safety and cost benefit as it allows the robot to perform more strenuous tasks or repetitive operations without the need for expensive industrial safety barriers.”

The CR-7iA offers a 717mm reach and 7kg payload; the CR-7iA/L offers the same payload with a longer 911mm reach; and the CR-4iA has a 550mm reach and 4kg payload. FANUC based its design for the new compact collaborative robot series on the widely popular LR Mate-series of mini material handling robots. The new robots are ideal for small part sorting and assembly, inspection, machine tending and part delivery.

All of FANUC’s collaborative robots are green to distinguish them from the standard yellow FANUC robots.

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Northwest Arkansas robotics center, bridge recieve grants

NWAOnline: A new center to teach Northwest Arkansas workers to program, operate and fix advanced industrial robots will open in Fayetteville in the fall, in the former headquarters of the city’s chamber of commerce. The chamber’s project was one of three recipients of $1.4 million in grants announced Friday by the regional director of the federal Economic Development Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. A grant to replace Spanker Creek bridge in northern Benton County and $400,000 to the World Trade Center in Rogers, which helps Arkansas businesses find export markets, were the other two grant recipients.

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