In the Industrial Robot category at the 4th Robot Awards, Fanuc’s Genkotsu Robot Series won an award for excellence.
One of the prize-winning robots was the Genkotsu Robot 1, which is suitable for assembling precision devices, such as mobile phones, and arranging components. The other was the Genkotsu Robot 3, which boasts a wide working area and the ability to carry a 6 kg load.
This unique parallel link structure differs from ordinary multi-jointed structures, in that the arm movement area is mechanically restricted. As a result, the working range is limited to directly beneath the robot. This ensures that production lines are safe, and also enables lines to be made compact by saving space.
This robot can not only line up components, but also change the way they’re facing. The flexibility of the wrist, which can tilt and twist, opens up new applications for robots. And that’s apparently why this robot received the award.
This robot can also be used with a visual sensor called iRVision, giving it a capability equivalent to human sight.