FANUC R-2000iB Series vs FANUC R-2000iC Series

The FANUC R-2000i robots have been one of the most successful robot series for FANUC. The R-2000i robots have been so popular that FANUC has launched four generations of the industrial robot line. Below is a comparison of two of those generations, the R-2000iB and R-2000iC series.

FANUC R-2000iB Series

The FANUC R-2000iB series features the second generation of R-2000i articulated robots. These factory robots are designed for multipurpose use with their ability to automate a wide variety of applications. These include robotic material handling, spot welding, automated material removal, robotic palletizing, and injection molding.

As with the first generation of FANUC R-2000i robots, the R-2000iB robots are designed to handle medium to heavy payloads. Payloads for the series start at 100 kg and go up to 250 kg. The FANUC R-2000ib/165F is one of the medium payload robot manipulators in the series, while the FANUC R-2000ib/250F is one of the heavier lifting robots. Reaches for these industrial robot arms also vary quite a bit, ranging from 1,520 mm to 3,500 mm.

There are several different robot models within the FANUC R-2000iB robot series. These include extended reach, rack mounted, 5-axis, pedestal, and wash environment models. The variety of robotic manipulators is one of the reasons the series has been so successful.

Other features of the series include a slim footprint and robotic arm. The design of these robots allows them to automate high payload applications while taking up minimal space. They also feature vibration control which allows for faster accelerations and decelerations, improving cycle times by 5%. The R-2000iB series robots are compatible with FANUC’s R-30iA, R-J3iC, and R-30iB controllers.

FANUC R-2000iC Series

The FANUC R-2000iC series features the third generation of R-2000i robots. These manufacturing robot arms are the successors to the R-2000iB robots and feature some improvements to their predecessors. One of the most notable improvements was to the robotic footprint. The early R-2000i robots were made popular because of their slimmer profile for their payload capacity. FANUC improved upon this further by reducing the footprint of the R-2000iC robots. Both the size and weight of the R-2000iC six axis robot have been reduced from the R-2000iB robots. The R-2000iC robots also feature a slimmer arm which allows for more agile and faster movements.

The FANUC R-2000iC handling robots feature the similar medium to heavy payload range of 100 kg to 270 kg as the R-2000iB robots. However, reaches for the R-2000iC robots start out longer at 2,230 mm as opposed to 1,520 mm. The longest reaching industrial robotic arm of the series has a maximum reach of 3,540 mm which is just slightly longer than the R-2000iB series.

The FANUC R-2000iC series features many of the same robot models as the R-2000iB series. For instance, the FANUC R-2000ic/210F is the updated version of the R-2000ib/210F. The R-2000iC series features extended reach robots, rack mounted, and wash environment variations. Robots in the R-2000iC series are paired with either FANUC’s R-30iB or R-30iB Plus controllers.

The FANUC R-2000iC robots can automate many of the same applications as their predecessors. These include spot welding and material handling. In addition, robots in the R-2000iC series can also be used for robotic assembly, automated machine tending, and robotic dispensing applications.

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