FANUC Robotics Introduces New Intelligent LR Mate 200iC/5H 'SCARA Eliminator' Robot

    ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH., September 25 /CNW/ - FANUC Robotics America,
Inc., has introduced its new LR Mate 200iC/5H robot designed especially for
small part assembly applications typically handled by SCARA-type robots.

    The five-axis, LR Mate 200iC/5H is the latest member of FANUC Robotics'
family of lightweight, compact mini-robots, offering 'best in class' wrist
load capacity, repeatability, work envelope, and speed.

    FANUC Robotics is promoting the benefits of the LR Mate 200iC/5H with a
new slogan, 'SCARA Eliminator'. "Our intelligent robots for assembly
applications offer manufacturers a competitive edge compared to hard
automation, SCARA's or Cartesian robots," said Mark Handelsman, manager of
Industry Marketing, FANUC Robotics America, Inc. "A combination of the world's
most reliable robots, deepest portfolio of software and controls tools, and
the strongest support and integration network help manufacturers maximize

    The intelligent LR Mate 200iC/5H is designed to meet the needs of a
variety of industries including electronics, plastics, packaged and consumer
goods, machinery, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Its design enhancements
and flexibility to quickly adapt to small lot sizes, new styles and other
modifications provides manufacturers an affordable solution for small part,
flexible production.

    "From component manufacturing, to assembly, to pack out of the final
product, FANUC Robotics and our integration partners offer the most complete
line of articulated robotic solutions to maximize our customers' flexibility
and improve their bottom line," added Handelsman.

    The LR Mate 200iC/5H robot offers assembly customers a wide range of
benefits, including:

    --  Eliminates need for unnecessary and costly fixed automation

    --  Ability to design to batch sizes of one by using robots to transfer
material versus accumulating conveyors

    --  Eliminates errors with integrated vision for in-line process

    --  Optimizes overall system throughput with best-in-class robot speed
and performance

    --  Increases system uptime with unmatched reliability and support

    --  Supports a variety of intelligent functions including: an internal
programmable controller (PMC), Ethernet, iRVision (built-in), force sensing,
and the iPendant

    Ideal for high-speed assembly, the new slim and lightweight robot can be
mounted in a variety of positions including floor, tabletop, inside machines,
angle and invert, which maximizes flexibility for small and narrow workspaces.

    Intelligent Sensors Integrated in the LR Mate 200iC/5H Robot

    The FANUC iRVision system, integrated in LR Mate 200iC/5H robot, is a
ready-to-use robotic vision package, requiring only a camera and cable - no
additional processing hardware. It has a 2D robot guidance tool to accomplish
part location, error proofing, and other operations that normally require
special sensors or custom fixtures.

    The FANUC FS-60 force sensor, integrated in the LR Mate 200iC/5H robot,
provides 3D assembly with six degrees of freedom, allowing complex or precise
assembly operations.

    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.


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For further information:

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

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