FANUC Corp. introduced its SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARA robots at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo this past December.

The new SCARA robots are designed for pick and place, assembly, testing and inspection, and packaging processes in industries ranging from consumer electronics to auto components to plastics to medical device manufacturing.

“Our new SCARA robots represent the next level of speed and precision for assembly and material handling applications,” says Nishant Jhaveri, engineering manager for small and SCARA robots with FANUC America. “With the addition of SCARA robots to our small robot lineup, we’re able to provide customers with a cost-effective solution to achieve higher productivity, even when micron-level tolerances are required.”

The SR-3iA offers a 3kg payload, 400mm reach, and 200mm stroke, and the SR-6iA has a 6kg payload, 650mm reach, and 210mm stroke.

The new SCARA robots are powered by the R-30iB Compact Plus controller, and their capabilities include integrated iRVision, force sensing, conveyor tracking, fieldbus connectivity, integrated safety, and most other software options. FANUC’s new SCARA iRProgrammer software interface can be programmed with tablets or PCs and can be accessed via a web browser.

“The FANUC SCARA’s are built on the same world-renowned platform as our entire product line,” says Jhaveri. “With over a half-million robots installed globally, FANUC is a household name in manufacturing. Now, with the addition of SCARAs to our product lineup, we’re able to provide our customers with a well-rounded selection of small robots.”

FANUC’s SCARA robots will be available in North America in the first quarter of 2018.