FANUC Canada Demontrates M-1iA Parallel-Link Robot at Advanced Manufacturing Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, Nov. 18, 2015 – FANUC Canada demonstrates high-speed pill color sorting with its intelligent M-1iA parallel-link “Genkotsu” robot at Advanced Manufacturing Canada 2015, Nov. 18-19, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, booth #717.

At the show, a FANUC M-1iA/0.5A six-axis robot equipped with iRVision® and a color camera picks and sorts pills of different colors at high speeds.

M-1iA Intelligent “Genkotsu” Robot

The M-1iA is a lightweight and compact parallel-link robot designed for small part handling, high-speed picking, packing, kitting, and assembly applications. The robot is very easy to integrate into production lines, and easy to learn, which minimizes downtime and maximizes output.

The M-1iA family of robots includes the M-1iA/0.5A six-axis model, the M-1i A/0.5S and the new M-1iA/0.5SL four-axis models, and the M-1iA/1H three-axis model. The unique parallel-link structure provides higher speeds and accuracy compared to traditional handling robots. Like all FANUC robots, the M-1 iA operates with the company’s latest integrated intelligent functions such as iRVision, Force Sensing and Robot Link.

The M-1iA offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Lightweight (12kg for three-axis model; 14kg for four-axis model; 17kg for six-axis model), compact size allows operation in small spaces
  • Six-axis design enables part feeding from the sides of a work zone, increasing the useable workspace
  • Multiple installation orientations accommodate a wide range of work areas
  • Unique parallel-link design maximizes speed
  • Supports a multiple-arm configuration of up to four robots
  • A camera for iRVision (built-in) can be integrated into the robot
  • Mate rack-style controller provides intelligent robot functions
  • Robot Link controls and coordinates up to ten robots through a network exchange of robot positional data
  • FANUC Force Sensor is available for intricate assembly applications

FANUC iRVision

FANUC iRVision is a truly integrated, plug-and-go vision system that runs on the standard CPU of every FANUC R-30iB controller without any additional hardware. A single source solution developed and supported by FANUC, iRVision offers easy setup and operation for factory environments requiring 2D and 3D guidance, error proofing, visual tracking, and quality control – all with FANUC’s world-renowned reliability.

Next Generation R-30iB Mate Controller

The FANUC R-30iB Mate Controller uses high-performance hardware and the latest advances in network communications, integrated iRVision, and motion control functions. The R-30iB Mate Controller features FANUC’s exclusive and easy-to-use iPendant with 4D graphics. The iPendant displays process information and the actual process path directly on the iPendant screen, enabling easier setup and troubleshooting.

Based on the latest FANUC Series 30iB CNC Controller, the R-30iB Mate Robot Controller is compact, providing customers a significant space savings. The R-30iB Mate Controller, available with a compact rack-style open-air controller cabinet or an industrial grade standard Mate cabinet, is very energy efficient and requires less power consumption due to its availability in both single-phase and three-phase versions.


FANUC Canada, located at 6774 Financial Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 7J6 is a subsidiary of FANUC America Corporation. FANUC Canada provides industry-leading robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; San Francisco; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, and Mexico

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FANUC Canada PR contact:

Tanya Proietti
Marketing Manager
FANUC Canada
T: 905-812-2333

FANUC America PR contact :

Cathy Powell
Industry Marketing Manager – Robotics and ROBODRILLs
FANUC America Corporation
T: 248-377-7570


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