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FANUC Video Features Compact Automation Robodrill

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MTDCNC Video Interview

Engineering and tooling news provider MTDCNC showcased the compact automation Robodrill which was developed in collaboration between FANUC and Robopod®.

The reporter was particularly impressed with the footprint of the ‘I-Tend’ automation solution, which will feed the machine day and night for exceptional efficiency, describing it as:

“…fabulously compact automation solution which is attached to a Robodrill”


Andrew Harvey, FANUC Application Engineer, explained the advantages of the design:

“This is essentially replacing that monotonous loading and unloading operation from the operator and is automating that operation effectively.”

The setup incorporates:

  • Standardised tray system
    • Component size driving how many parts are put into each tray
    • Machine accommodates up to 9 trays in the configuration shown 
    • Trays can be loaded while machine is in operation
  • Inbuilt vision system
    • Able to see where parts are pick up any mistakes/misloads 
  • Efficient footprint
    • The machine uses height rather than width
  • Robodrill
    • Hi-speed drill incorporated
  • Integrated programming
    • CNC programming using CAM system with option to programme on machine
    • Robot programming via HMI option with touchscreen

The MTD CNC reporter concluded:

“2 things here – great machine but automation with it. 


FANUC Robotics industrial robots and automated systems cover a wide range of applications for an extensive range of industries and sectors including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, education, food and drink, metal fabrication, medical, pharmaceutical, solar panel, and many other industries

For more information see www.fanucrobotics.com.

FANUC is a key partner of Mechatronic Solutions and Robopod® and the companies have worked together on a series of projects. For more 


Robopod® is the innovative reconfigurable system with a standardised platform for robotic applications, offering unrivalled performance. Endlessly adaptable to the client’s requirements, the potential uses for Robopod® are 'only limited by imagination'; making a Robopod® a versatile investment with potential for rapid payback.

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Telephone: +44 (0)330 223 5333

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