We chat with Hope Dollarhide, FANUC’s Project Engineer for Automotive Component and Industrial Paint, about the upcoming FABTECH show.
Dollarhide says FANUC will have a lot more robots than they normally do at the show.
“Normally, we only bring one or two paint robots with us to the show, but we’re actually bringing a total of seven robots with us this year,” she says. “We will have four active robot cells, which will be robots that are performing a demo or an application that you can see.”
FANUC has a large stable of paint robots for shops to utilize, including the P-40iA, the P-50iB, and the Paint Mate 200iA/5L, among others.
This year FANUC will have on display its CRX robotic cell, which Dollarhide says is one of their collaborative robots.
“We’re really excited about introducing it to paint-related applications,” she says. “It’s not available to put in a paint booth, but what we are showing is that it uses a paint quality inspection device. It will have a few different test panels, and it’s going to be checking the paint quality. It’s an interactive cell, so people will be able to come up and touch the robot, program it, and do a few different things.”
In 1982, FANUC America produced its first NC Painter, a hydraulic paint robot using key components from parent company FANUC CORPORATION in Japan. Now, 40+ years later, FANUC America remains globally responsible for all paint robots and door openers of the FANUC robot lineup.
In fact, FANUC America has supplied its U.S.-made paint robots to all of the top 15 global automakers ranked by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).
FABTECH is Sept. 11-14 in Chicago at McCormick Place.