Mitsubishi Electric unveils higher payload, longer reach robots

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Mitsubishi Electric's new heavy payload industrial robot the RV-35. | Source: Mitsubishi Electric.

Mitsubishi Electric’s new RV-35 heavy payload industrial robot. | Source: Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric Automation launched a new robot series for applications that require heavier payloads and longer reach. The company says its new RV-35/50/80 FR series of industrial robots are designed for handling large workpieces and heavy objects to expand automation opportunities for OEMs and end-users. 

“The RV-35/50/80FR series is going to be a game changer for Mitsubishi Electric. These heavier-payload robots give us the ability to do applications that were previously inaccessible to us, such as end-of-line palletizing and machine tending for large parts,” Curtis Sylliaasen, product manager (robot) at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, said.

The RV-34/50/80 FR series has a maximum reach of 2100 mm (around 82.7 inches) and a maximum payload of 80 kg (around 176.4 lbs). The company says this makes the robots well suited for palletizing and machine tending applications.

Mitsubishi Electric says its industrial robots are equipped with class-leading speed and precision, allowing them to meet the demands of today’s manufacturing applications. The company designed this robot series to allow for an expanded work envelope and increased opportunity through its increased payload and reach compared to its prior series.

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RV-34/50/80 FR series is designed for seamless integration

The company says this new series of robots can connect to a variety of factory automation equipment. This allows users to integrate the robot’s functionality with IT systems. Mitsubishi also said the robots offer a range of safety functions, including position and speed monitoring. Additionally, users can pair with Mitsubishi Electric’s MELFA Smart Plus card for installation and programming.

Mitsubishi Electric said it has more than 100 years of experience in manufacturing and selling electrical and electronic equipment for factory automation, information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, energy, transportation, and building equipment. The company recorded a revenue of 5,257.9 billion yen ($34.8 billion U.S.) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2024.

Yesterday, Mitsubishi announced it will be leading Realtime Robotics Series B round. The Tokyo-based company, which also participated in Realtime Robotics’ Series A round, will be adding a senior representative to Realtime’s board of directors. Mitsubishi said that it plans to “further integrate Realtime’s motion-planning technology into 3D simulators and other software to optimize manufacturing through the power of digital twins.”

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