FANUC Robotics Demonstrates New ARC Mate 100iC Intelligent Welding Robot at the 2007 International Robots & Vision Show

    ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH., June 12 /CNW/ - FANUC Robotics America, Inc.,
will demonstrate the high performance capabilities of its new ARC Mate 100iC
intelligent welding robot equipped with iRVision during the 2007 International
Robots & Vision Show, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention center in Rosemont
(Chicago) IL., June 12-14, in booth #1411.

    The six-axis ARC Mate 100iC features a compact design, and offers an
integrated welding solution with class-leading operation efficiency, speed,
load capacity, and enhanced performance for welding parts of all shapes and

    Compared to traditional dress packages, which are mounted externally on
the robot's arm, the ARC Mate 100iC's internal routing allows the dress
package to follow the motion range of the robot, simplifying programming and
eliminating the worries of bending, snagging or breaking cables.

    "The ARC Mate 100iC is the highest performance arc welding robot in its
class," said Mike Sharpe, FANUC Robotics' director of engineering for
materials joining. "The internal dress package also makes it extremely easy to
operate and maintain, and ensures a longer cable life."

    The ARC Mate 100iC and R-30iA Controller can be integrated in a welding
system that includes the weld torch cable, wire feeder, and welding power

    A variety of design enhancements include:

    --  Cantilevered forearm is inherently rigid, simplifying cable
management and maintenance.

    --  Integrated wire feed control cable, with shielding gas hose and
welding power cables.

    --  A 15% increase in acceleration for higher motion performance.

    --  A 10 kg payload, which represents a 67% increase over the previous
model, supports traditional welding dress-out packages.

    --  Slimmer forearm and a 15% size reduction of the robot base maximizes
reach in confined areas, allowing manufacturers to install multiple robots in
close proximity, and save valuable floor space.

    --  Multiple mounting positions include floor, invert and angle.

    --  Higher motion range including "best in class" reach versus stroke.

    The ARC Mate 100iC also supports a wide range of intelligent functions
such as:

    --  iRVision, a ready-to-use built-in robotic vision package.

    --  ROBOGUIDE-WeldPRO simulation package easily models the ARC Mate 100iC
dress-out, and downloads programs to the robot, which run without touch-up.

    --  Vision Shift eliminates the usual touch-ups and verifications
associated with off-line programming or fixture and tool changes.

    --  Collision Guard detects robot collisions with external objects,
minimizing damage to the part, robot, and torch.

    "ArcLink XT(TM), the industry's first Ethernet-based welding network is
another feature that provides a high performing welding interface. It is a
flexible and powerful welding network that allows the R-30iA Controller to
handle up to four welding power supplies," said Sharpe.

    ArcLink XT(TM), developed in partnership with Lincoln Electric, is the
next generation in arc welding network communications offering improved
performance over existing welding communication methods. The connection to the
welder is over the standard R-30iA Ethernet connection.

    At the show, the demonstration will feature three welding robots working
in coordinated motion with one FANUC R-30iA Controller: the new powerful ARC
Mate 100iC robot equipped with iRVision, the Lincoln Electric Power Wave i400,
and ROBOGUIDE-WeldPRO simulation software, along with two M-6iB/6S robots.
FANUC's iRVision will locate randomly-placed parts from a bin. Each M-6iB/6S
robot will pick a part and then hold the parts in sync as the ARC Mate 100iC
simulates welding the parts together. A WeldPRO demonstration will highlight
the simulation of the system.

    The R-30iA Controller uses high-performance hardware and the latest
advances in network, integrated iRvision, and motion control functions,
providing a level of intelligence never offered before, including the ability
to control 40 axes with one controller (4 robots plus other equipment).

    "In a welding cell, multi-arm control allows customers to achieve maximum
utilization of their robots. Using one or two robots for material handling
while other robots perform welding maximizes flexibility," said Sharpe. "By
simply changing the end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT) on the material handling robots,
a wide variety of parts can be welded within a single work cell."

    FANUC Robotics America, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures
industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications
including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking,
packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and
dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls,
vision products, and complete support services. After 25 years of success,
FANUC Robotics maintains its position as the leading robotics company in the
Americas. A subsidiary of FANUC LTD in Japan, the company has facilities in
Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio; Toronto;
Montreal; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over 172,000 FANUC
robots are installed worldwide. Contact FANUC Robotics at or by calling 248-377-7000.


For further information:

For further information: FANUC Robotics America, Inc. Cathy Powell,
Marketing Communications, 248-377-7570

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