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F5 alive: articulated robot launched

Fanuc Robotics America and Thermo Fisher Scientific have jointly developed the F5 articulated robot.

The F5 has been co-designed and purpose-built for drug discovery applications using Fanuc Robotics’ expertise in industrial robotics and Thermo Fisher’s knowledge of laboratory automation.

Offered exclusively by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the F5 brings a six-axis articulated robot to laboratory automation. The F5 features a linear track to service more instrumentation over larger working areas, integrated servo grippers with grip force control for the precise gripping of all plate types and myriad plate storage and peripheral options. A compact controller, together with integrated lab-oriented software, provides reliable performance and increased speed of movement of any plate type and consumable. The ability to set up rapidly with little training further improves operational efficiency.

‘Our collaboration with Fanuc Robotics enabled us to improve the way industrial robots are deployed in a laboratory environment and provides many benefits for our customers,’ said Monette Greenway, president of integrative technologies at Thermo Fisher Scientific. ‘We're able to provide an exceptional articulated robot that is designed for laboratory automation from a single source, resulting in faster integration and superior long-term performance.’

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