Machine engineering, automation, industrial robots: this is the order in which robots have established themselves in modern mechanical engineering. At Fill, the first robot was integrated into a system way back in 1996. The Upper Austrian machine engineering experts are pioneers in this field. According to records, some 1,250 robots of all types, sizes and makes have been installed in a wide variety of production systems at Fill over the past 25 years.
A few months ago, the world´s biggest series robot, the FANUC M2000IA/2300, was delivered to Fill´s headquarters in Gurten. The giant robot has a load capacity of 2.3 metric tons and has been specially designed to handle even the heaviest loads. With its extra-strong wrist, it can easily lift entire vehicles or bulky castings onto the processing facilities.
At the other end of the scale is the FANUC CRX-10IA. With a net weight of just 40 kg and a payload of 10 kg, it is one of the smallest industrial robots in the world. It will be used at Fill from mid-April. The lightweight robot is part of the family of collaborative robots, also called ´cobots´. This is the term used for industrial robots that work together with humans and don´t have to be separated from them with protective equipment during the production process. Thanks to their own sensors, collaborative robots cannot cause any injuries to their human colleagues. As soon as they touch an obstacle, they switch off. This makes the Fanuc CRX-10iA predestined for use in the Fill Future Lab, where young people can gain their first experience of working with a cobot in the Team Challenge.