ESS Technologies: Collaborative Robot Provides Safety

New FANUC CR35iA robot includes 24 sensors that can stop motion when it comes in contact with an object or person, eliminating the need for safety guarding and reducing necessary footprint.

New FANUC CR35iA robot includes 24 sensors that can stop motion when it comes in contact with an object or person, eliminating the need for safety guarding and reducing necessary footprint.
New FANUC CR35iA robot includes 24 sensors that can stop motion when it comes in contact with an object or person, eliminating the need for safety guarding and reducing necessary footprint.

ESS Technologies, Inc.’s new FANUC America CR35iA Collaborative Robot features 24 precision sensors that cause it to stop all motion when it comes in contact with an object or person. This eliminates the need for safety guarding and greatly reduces the footprint of the robotic cell. This new line of robots can be integrated in number of applications including material handling, assembly, pick-and-place and machine loading/unloading applications.

The CR35iA offers a payload of 35kg and a reach of 1,811mm. The robot is designed to operate in close proximity to humans in a shared workspace without the need for safety fences. The green robot cover is padded to reduce impact forces pinch points by providing a soft barrier between a human operator and a robot arm. ESS designs the robot end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to securely pick and place cases in a preprogrammed pattern. In applications requiring a deck sheet or tier sheet, the same robot and tooling performs these functions. When integrated with serialization track-and-trace systems, the robot may also be programmed to hold case labels over cameras or barcode scanners to verify the pallet load or provide automatic reject of incorrectly labeled cases.

ESS Technologies, Inc. specializes in complete packaging line design, manufacture, and integration. Its product expertise includes monoblock fillers/cappers, robotic palletizing systems, automatic cartoners, robotic case packers, wraparound case packers, and TaskMate® robotic systems for loading, unloading, pick-and-place and assembly applications. ESS works closely with all major OEMs of serialization systems to assure seamless integration with its line of packaging machinery and has installed track-and-trace-ready cartoners, case packers and palletizers in a number of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

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