The Fanuc R-2000iA with R-J3iB industrial robot with R-J3iB controller is a standard car industry robot used by automotive companies worldwide. The R-2000iA has several variants making it suited to a wide range of applications not only in automotive but in many other industries too.
The R-2000iA has a very compact configuration which means that it can fit where many physically bigger robots would not. Yet the R-2000iA has industry leading payload capacity, reach and is among the fastest robot arms in its class. This makes the R-2000iA very useful in many applications such as press tending, injection moulding and die casting where the ability to fit in confined spaces is important. The narrow wrist design also helps in this regard. The wrist axis are driven by motors placed at the back of the arm and are driven through drive-shafts. This design allows the wrist unit to be as compact as possible and also helps with the overall balance and weight distribution of the arm. The wrist of the R-2000iA has an IP rating of IP67 and the rest of the arm is IP54.
The lower arm is single sided; this allows the robot to “flip over” and work behind itself. Again this allows the R-2000iA to be useful in more applications than earlier generations of robot using a parallel arm design. Overall the arm is light, fast and compact without compromising on reach or payload.
Typically, in a car plant, the R-2000iA would be used mostly for spot welding and part handling. However, these are very simple applications for what is a very capable machine. Sealing and gluing applications as well as grinding, de-burring, finishing and polishing are all well within capabilities. Other tasks include inspection, testing, MIG, TIG and laser welding, handling, palletising, machine tending; essentially this is a very multipurpose robot indeed.
The R-2000iA comes with the Fanuc R-J3iB controller. Benefits of the R-J3iB include fast boot up time, excellent connectivity, powerful programming language, built in safety circuits, expandable I/O and bus options. The R-J3iB is also recognised as being very stable and reliable.
There are several varieties of R-2000iA the three most common types are:
R-2000iA/165F – The standard 165kg payload arm
R-2000iA/210F – The heavy-duty 210kg payload arm
R-2000iA/125L – Long arm version giving extra reach
These are rare arm types that we sometimes see at Global Robots:
R-2000iA/165R – Usually mounted on a pedestal above the work area
R-2000iA/200R – Heavy-duty pedestal robot
R-2000iA/165CF – Ultra compact short arm version
R-2000iA/200FO – 200kg payload “Forward Option”
R-2000iA/100P - Pedestal mounting 3500mm reach for press tending
R-2000iA/130U - Ceiling mounted hanging robot
At Global Robots we clean and test each robot. Depending on condition we also repaint the arms. Testing is done in both manual and auto. We also change any lubricants required and change the batteries.
This video shows some typical applications of the R-2000iA in an automotive plant, it should be noted that the R-2000iA is also used for many other applications.