FANUC R-2000iB Series vs FANUC R-2000iD Series

The FANUC R-2000i series features multiple generations of workhorse industrial robots. The R-2000i series has featured some of the most popular articulated robots from FANUC, including the R-2000ic/165F and the R-2000ic/210F. So far there have been four generations of FANUC R-2000i factory robots produced. These include the R-2000iA series, R-2000iB series, R-2000iC series, and the R-2000iD series. The following is a comparison of the similarities and differences between the second and fourth generations, the R-2000iB and R-2000iD robots.


Since the FANUC R-2000iB and R-2000iD robot manipulators fall under the same robot family, they are bound to have some similarities. The first is that the R-2000iB and R-2000iD are multipurpose robots with the ability to automate several different types of applications. These include spot welding, robotic material handling, automated palletizing, robotic assembly, material removal, and part transfer processes. Both generations of robots make ideal general-purpose robots with their ability to automate a variety of tasks.

Another similarity is the starting payload. Both series have a starting payload of 100 kg with various options for higher payload capacities. Industrial robot arms in both series also feature a six-axis configuration. Six axis robots provide a full range of motion allowing them to reach just about any angle within their work envelope.

One last similarity between these two robot lines is they both feature the same base model. For the R-2000iB series it is the R-2000iB/165F. For the R-2000iD it is the R-2000iD/165FH. The R-2000iD/165FH is the fourth generation of the base robot for the R-2000i series and features many improvements from its predecessors.


With the release of each generation of R-2000i robots FANUC added improvements or made some adjustments. While the FANUC R-2000iB and R-2000iD robots are from the same series there are some notable differences between both robot lines.

The first difference is the maximum payload capacity. While both series start at 100 kg for payload, the R-2000iB robots go up to 270 kg while the R-2000iD robots only go up to 250 kg. There is greater variability in payload capacity for the R-2000iB robots than the R-2000iD robotic manipulators. Reach is another area where these two series differ. The FANUC R-2000iB robots have reaches starting at 2,655 mm and going up to 3,500 mm. While the R-2000iD robots only have one option for reach at 2,655 mm currently. The R-2000iB robots are capable of covering larger work areas than the R-2000iD robots with their longer reaches.

Another area these series differ is the robotic footprint. All R-2000i handling robots are designed with compact footprints. It is one of the reasons these robots are popular since they are one of the few heavy payload robots that do not require large amounts of floorspace. However, with the R-2000iD robots the footprint was reduced by 23% along with a 13% reduction in wrist radius and a 10% reduction in robot mass. This makes the R-2000iD robots the most compact of the R-2000i robot family.

Lastly, the controllers used for each series are different. The R-2000iB robots are compatible with the R-30iA, R-J3iC, and R-30iB controllers. While the R-2000iD robots are compatible with the R-30iB Plus controller.

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