FANUC R-2000 robots, the most successful FANUC robot series in the world.

The R-2000 series are one of the most versatile robot series on the market and are used in a vast range of industries from Aerospace, Logistics, Machine tooling, Food and Beverage, Automotive and General Industry and it’s the robot series that ASA chooses very frequently when tending machine tools.

The R-2000 series can be specified in a number of different ways to suit your businesses individual needs from pedestal, rail mounted, upside down mounted, compact or top mounted robot and is able to be fitted with almost any type of spot welding guns or grippers. Easy to fit upgrade kits are also available, allowing for additional options for your robot, such as the addition of a vision system. If you have a facility that creates dust or uses water within the process then there are options available that can provide dust and water protection for the R-2000.

The R-2000 has the perfect mix of reach and payload for medium to large machine tending applications.

Within it’s range, there are options for 165kg to 270kg at the reach of 2655mm which are perfect for tending one machine and loading/unloading from a couple pallet or infeed outfeed bays. There are also longer reach R-2000 robots, with a reach of 3100mm and payload options of 125kg to 210kg. The longer reach robots are perfect for when there are two machines for the robot to tend to.

The beauty of using these robots to tend medium to large machines is that the heavier machines and workpieces tend to have longer run times and considerably longer changeover times from workpiece to workpiece. Larger workpieces frequently require that personnel need to attach slings and/or magnets to the part for unloading, and then again to the part being loaded. When cycle times are longer, the machine often completes its cycle and waits for personnel to respond. That wait time tends to extend as cycle times extends. Heavier workpieces sometimes require more physical interaction during loading and unloading which puts personnel at increased risk of strains as well as the typical cuts and pinches that can occur.

The long reach of the R-2000 allows the robot to reach over the operator platforms in front of each machine during normal operation. When the robot isn’t unloading or loading the machines, the operators can come and go as they please to inspect the progress or to take measurements mid cycle. As soon as the cycle is complete, the machine is tended by the robot and the spindles are turning again in under a minute. With no change to the machining cycle, these machines went from producing 8 pieces per shift on each machine to 11 pieces per shift on each machine simply by drastically reducing the end of cycle response time and the time to change workpieces over.

A long reach R-2000 with 185kg payload which changes from a 2 jaw gripper to a 3 jaw gripper as required to load and unload 80kg work pieces into a Mazak e500 and a Mori Seiki NT5400

Access to a number of grippers supports a greater range of products and also various loading/unloading configurations in multiple operation processes.

The R-2000 uses a twin gripper to unload and reload the workpiece very quickly. The robot is mounted on a linear rail and is tending three Okuma Multus multi-function machine tools. The image shows the robot reaching through the guarding that operates to provide a shared operator/robot workspace in front of the machine tool. When the robot has completed the workpiece changeover, the sliding gate closes allowing full access to the machine by plant personnel

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