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FANUC Demonstrates Automated Woodworking Solutions at IWF Atlanta

by FANUC America | Jul 19, 2022
FANUC America will demonstrate automated woodworking solutions for a wide range of industries including construction, home furnishings, cabinetry, musical instruments, flooring and many more at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, Aug. 23-26, in booth #A10309.

For Immediate Release

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – (July 19, 2022) – FANUC America, the world leader in CNCs, robotics, and ROBOMACHINEs, will demonstrate automated woodworking solutions for a wide range of industries including construction, home furnishings, cabinetry, musical instruments, flooring and many more at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, Aug. 23-26, in booth #A10309. 

Robotic Demonstrations

Assembly with CRX Cobot

At the show, a CRX-10iA collaborative robot will mock glue wooden boards and assemble them into a shaker style cabinet door.  The robot will use FANUC’s Remote Tool Center Point software (RTCP) to apply the glue before assembly.  After assembly, the robot uses 2D iRVision® to inspect the fit of the boards.  Attendees are invited to try the cobot’s intuitive hand guidance and easy-to-use tablet programming.   

Designed for companies looking to increase their capabilities and overcome labor issues, FANUC’s CRX cobots are extremely robust and able to run for up to eight years without maintenance.  In addition, interactive programming enables users to teach points using hand guidance or a tablet interface with drag and drop icons.  

FANUC’s line of CRX cobots are very easy-to-use, reliable, and offer the flexibility to perform a variety of jobs including inspection, machine load/unload, packing, palletizing, sanding, welding, and many more.   The CRX cobots can detect external forces in the workspace, stopping safely when making contact with a person or object.  This technology allows the CRX to work safely alongside people without the need for expensive guarding. 

Sanding with M-10iD/12 Robot

This demonstration features a FANUC M-10iD/12 robot equipped with a FANUC FS-15iA force sensor and an ATI RCV-390 deburring tool to mock sand the perimeter of a guitar body.  Next, the robot will use an ATI AOV-10V orbital sander to mock sand the flat back portion of the guitar body.  Finally, the robot will use a Schmalz FXCP vacuum gripper to move the guitar body throughout the cell.  The demonstration showcases the robot’s flexibility to perform multiple tasks with accuracy.

The M-10iD robot series includes four compact material handling robots - the M-10iD/12, M-10iD/10L, M-10iD/8L and M-10iD/16S.  Rated best-in-class for speed and repeatability, the M-10iD robots offer a sleek and lightweight design, and feature internal cable routing and a curved J2 robot arm, minimizing interference with work pieces and fixtures.  The robots’ payload capabilities range from 8-16kg, allowing them to handle a variety of products.   In addition, a long reach (1103mm to 2032mm) and stroke - even in the backflip region – makes it easier for customers to apply the robots while maximizing their available workspace – including larger parts or tooling.   

FANUC’s Force Sensors allow the robot to sense applied force in multiple directions, and detect force and torque applied to the end-effector in 6 degrees of freedom.  The FANUC Force Sensor is integrated directly into the robot’s arm, providing ultimate precision for a wide range of tasks including assembly, contouring, measuring, and material removal.

Painting with P-40iA Robot

The FANUC P-40iA is the latest model in its paint robot series, and offers an affordable and versatile solution for companies looking to automate all or part of its painting/coating process. 

At IWF, a P-40iA paint robot equipped with the R-30iB Plus Mate controller will demonstrate painting a wooden guitar body using coordinated motion with a turntable, which means that the robot will control the motor that rotates the part on the turntable.  The robot will paint the part as it rotates a full 360 degrees, allowing coverage on all sides of the part.

The six-axis P-40iA is easy to use and extremely flexible to accommodate small lot sizes, new styles and other modifications.   Slim and lightweight, the P-40iA has a 5kg payload, 1300mm reach and excellent 0.03 repeatability.  In addition, the P-40iA can be mounted on the floor, wall, inverted or at an angle which helps companies challenged with small and narrow workspaces. 

FANUC America has proudly designed and built all of its painting robots for 40+ years at its corporate headquarters in Rochester Hills, Mich. 

Factory Automation Demonstrations

FANUC’s Factory Automation division is featuring an exciting way to see part production with the latest Visual Twin demonstration highlighting its end-to-end digitalization solutions for the machine shop.  FANUC’s Visual Twin is an exact software replica of real CNC machine tools. The Visual Twin will display a virtualized 5-axis machine tool cutting a part, which mirrors the real-world machine’s behavior.

A second demonstration will highlight the seamless integration and high performance of FANUC’s CNC and servo systems in a Laguna iQ desktop CNC router.  Equipped with a complete FANUC CNC system, the display shows how well the machine, control and drives all work together to bring unbeatable value in reliability and accuracy.

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading CNC systems, robotics and factory automation.  FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability. 

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities throughout North and South America.  For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com .  Also, connect with us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

FANUC America Corporation PR contact:

Robotics: Cathy Powell
Public Relations and Communications Manager
FANUC America Corporation
T: 248-377-7570
E: cathy.powell@fanucamerica.com

Factory Automation: Debra Schug
CNC Strategic Communications Specialist
T: 847.898.5673
E: debra.schug@fanucamerica.com

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