Fanuc's line of scara robotsClick image to enlargeFanuc has partnered with Vention, a Montreal-based cloud manufacturing automation platform (MAP) company, to sell collaborative robotics. Centered around the FANUC CRX cobot, this alliance will allow users to design and order complete, end-to-end robot cells directly from the Vention cloud platform.

Vention's MAP provides a cloud-based 3D CAD software to design automated equipment. With a library of more than a thousand modular components—ranging from linear actuators to conveyors to end-of-arm-tooling—the platform empowers users to design and simulate robot cells in a fraction of the time generally required with traditional CAD software.

"The addition of FANUC CRX collaborative robots to the Vention platform will empower a new class of manufacturing professionals to design, program, order, and deploy robot cells in an intuitive, easy-to-learn environment,” says Etienne Lacroix, Vention's CEO.

With a payload of 10 kg, reach of up to 1.4 m, the CRX cobot is well suited for a breadth of applications including assembly, machine tending, and pick-and-place. The Vention platform features its own collection of modular parts designed specifically for the CRX collaborative robots, such as mounting plates, controller bracket, and pendant bracket, which are now available in the Vention part library.

Clients of Vention that order FANUC CRX collaborative robot cells online will have access to Vention's remote support capabilities, including robot reach studies, Vention robot program templates, and a variety of deployment packages.

"Like all of FANUC's robots, the CRX series offers our proven industrial quality and reliability.  With its simple drag and drop programming features, and the ability to operate eight year maintenance-free, the CRX is truly a game changer for companies looking to lower costs and increase productivity.  We are excited to bring the CRX to Vention's online design platform, and recognize they offer a broad range of complementary technology and a unique sourcing alternative to make robotic automation accessible for small-to-medium-size companies in the Americas," says Dick Motley, director of the authorized system integrator network for FANUC America.

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