Mid-Size Robot Allows Paint Line Automation

FANUC’s smaller P-40iA system provides a larger work envelope at an affordable price.

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Robots certainly are not a new concept in surface finishing. They’ve been used extensively in large operations for years, and gradually they’ve become more accessible and affordable for small and mid-size shops. FANUC America Corp. offers a wide range of robots for a variety of liquid and powder painting applications, and its newest offering is targeted specifically for mid-size painting operations.

The P-40iA mid-size painter offers a bigger work envelope than FANUC’s compact Paint Mate models, but it is intended to still be affordable for smaller shops that don’t need quite the 1,800-mm reach of the company’s larger P-50iB model. The P-40iA’s 1,300-mm reach from center is more than 30 percent greater than the Paint Mate 200iA/5L’s 892 mm, enabling it to paint larger parts.

“But if you think it’s out of your range, think again,” says Barton Faylor, senior industry marketing/program manager for the automotive component and general industrial paint group at FANUC Robotics America.

The mid-size painter was developed in response to demand for a cost-effective robot with a larger envelope from both domestic and worldwide customers, although the P-40iA is built in the United States at FANUC America’s Rochester Hills, Michigan, headquarters, which is the company’s “center of paint expertise,” Faylor says.

He says the six-axis pedestal robot is designed to be simple, with just a few options, which helps ease its integration into a shop’s paint or powder systems. It features the same wrist design and 5-kg payload capacity as the Paint Mate, which makes it well-suited for most common industrial applications, but it does not eliminate more expensive options like rotary atomizers in place of high-volume low-pressure spray guns.

“Incorporating production-proven components and design strategies from both the Paint Mate and P-50iB models ensures the new P-40iA’s reliability,” Faylor says. “Plus, this provides the larger envelope but keeps it at a great price point for those industrial applications.”

Like all newer FANUC robots, the mid-size painter operates on the R-30iB Plus controller platform, which features a faster CPU, faster teach-pendant interface and more memory than previous controllers.

FANUC will debut the P-40iA later this month in it’s booth (A6563) in the CCAI Finishing Pavilion at Fabtech, where the robot will be painting the fuel tank of an Indian motorcycle. Use of an integrated turntable will demonstrate how users get even more effective use from the mid-size painter, Faylor says, as the rotation provides the ability to paint bigger parts with a smaller robot.

FANUC America Corp. | Rochester Hills, Michigan
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