FANUC Robotics America, Inc.

3900 W Hamlin Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309-3253 US

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The FANUC CR35iA is a collaborative robot, meaning that it can work without having to be surrounded by a safety fence. It has a 35-kg capacity. Its outer housing is soft in case it should come in contact with the human it is collaborating with (it will also come to a stop). Those familiar with FANUC robots know that they are always bright yellow. But the company’s lineup of collaborative robots will be green, indicating that they’re safe to get close to.

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