Fanuc launches new SCARA robots

Fanuc has launched a new range of SCARA robots. (See pictures and video below.)

Fanuc says its new SCARA robots represent the next level of speed and precision for assembly and material handling applications.

Fanuc, the world’s leading supplier of robotics, CNC and factory automation introduced the new SR-3iA and SR-6iA SCARA robots at the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

Fanuc’s new SCARA robots feature high-speed, precise operation for pick and place, assembly, testing / inspection and packaging processes in a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, auto component, plastics, food and beverage, lab automation, appliances and medical device manufacturing.  Continue reading Fanuc launches new SCARA robots

Fanuc marks production of 500,000th industrial robot

Fanuc has produced half a million robots, and plans to nearly double its robot production capacity in 2018

Fanuc, the world’s leading supplier of robotics, CNC and factory automation has announced the production of its 500,000th robot.

Mike Cicco, president and CEO, Fanuc America, says: “Automation and robotics are key drivers of manufacturing competitiveness.

“More companies are using automation to overcome inefficiencies, lower costs, increase productivity, and gain market share.  Continue reading Fanuc marks production of 500,000th industrial robot

Fanuc launches new seven-axis robot for automotive spot welding

Fanuc America has demonstrated a new automotive spot welding robot at the recent Fabtech event.

The new seven-axis R-1000iA/120F-7B’s design is based on the R-1000iA robot series. (See pictures and video below.)

It has a payload of 120 kg and a maximum reach of 2,230 mm.  Continue reading Fanuc launches new seven-axis robot for automotive spot welding

Fanuc limits sales as it struggles to deal with too many orders

Fanuc is struggling to cope with the number of orders it is receiving so it is placing some limits on sales, according to a report on Nikkei

The world’s largest robot maker is benefitting from the rapid growth in demand for robotics in automation systems worldwide, especially in China.

As a group, Fanuc is expecting profits to increase by 37 per cent in the current fiscal year, rising to $1.83 billion.  Continue reading Fanuc limits sales as it struggles to deal with too many orders

As good as a lifelong guarantee: Interview with Fanuc America boss

Exclusive interview with Neil Dueweke, general manager, automotive new domestic and automotive components group, Fanuc America

Industrial robotics and automation is a complex area for a someone with no background in engineering or any related disciplines. 

Which is why it’s always interesting to ask for the observations of experts who work within the sector.

Fanuc has a greater number of industrial robots installed worldwide than any other company – some 400,000 at last count. By that measure, it’s the biggest industrial robot company in the world.

And as Neil Dueweke (main picture), general manager, automotive new domestic and automotive components group, Fanuc America, explains in this exclusive interview with Robotics and Automation News, installation is by no means the end of the relationship with a customer.  Continue reading As good as a lifelong guarantee: Interview with Fanuc America boss

Fanuc reports more than 40 per cent increase in profits on strength of China sales

The world’s largest industrial robot manufacturer, Fanuc, says its profits have increased by more than 40 per cent as a result of strong demand from China, according to a report on Nikkei

The company is currently reporting its financial performance for the six-month period up to September.

It says its profits for the period were $750 million, which is more than a 42 per cent increase compared with the same period last year.  Continue reading Fanuc reports more than 40 per cent increase in profits on strength of China sales

Fanuc claims its new palletising robot is ‘fastest’ in its class

Fanuc has unveiled a new palletizing robot which it claims is the fastest in its class. 

Fanuc is believed the be the world’s largest industrial robot manufacturer, and debuted its new robot at Pack Expo a few days ago.

The company says the Fanuc M-410iC/110 is “capable of performing 2040 standard palletizing cycles an hour, making it the fastest palletizing robot in its class”.  Continue reading Fanuc claims its new palletising robot is ‘fastest’ in its class

Fanuc selects Greenerd as tier 1 robot integrator

 

Fanuc has selected Greenerd as a tier 1 industrial robot integrator, according to Modern Machine Shop

Greenerd specialises in supplying hydraulic press technology.

The company is planning to showcase its latest innovations at the FabTech industry event this year.  Continue reading Fanuc selects Greenerd as tier 1 robot integrator

Fanuc reveals new RoboShot range for precision injection moulding

 

Fanuc has revealed its new RoboShot range for precision injection moulding. 

The company will be showcasing its RoboShot technology at the forthcoming Fakuma trade fair, in Germany, later this month.

Fanuc says that, in recent years, injection moulders have shown an increasing interest in all-electric injection moulding machines with particularly economic energy balance as well as in fully automatic production systems.  Continue reading Fanuc reveals new RoboShot range for precision injection moulding

Spanish farm produce supplier reduces human workers from 500 to 100 using robots

 

Spanish farm produce supplier El Dulze has reduced its human workforce from 500 down to just 100 with the use of robots, according to a report on FruitNet.com

The company is said to be using Fanuc robots – LR Mate 200iB models – which use vision systems to even out the production line so the vegetables are not bunched up too close together for packing.

The robots also appear to be picking heads of lettuce and placing them in containers, or plastic packaging.  Continue reading Spanish farm produce supplier reduces human workers from 500 to 100 using robots

ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

 

ABB has a significant lead in the industrial robotics and automation market in China, but it seems somewhat wary of Kuka. 

The company recently decided it would double its investment in its research and development facility in China, and effectively make it the company’s global R&D HQ.

ABB currently employs 17,000 people in 139 cities in China. Its robotics division, though huge by itself, is just one part of the Swiss multinational engineering company.

Speaking to Bloomberg, ABB CEO Ulrish Spiesshofer says: “ABB is ahead of Kuka globally, we are ahead of Kuka here in the market and our ambition is to stay so.”  Continue reading ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

Fanuc launches ‘extremely compact’ new arc welding robot

Fanuc says its new arc welding robot Arc Mate 100iD is “extremely compact” and is the next generation of the Arc Mate Robot Series

The new Arc Mate 100iD welding robot is the first model of the new Arc Mate series, succeeding its predecessor Arc Mate 100iC/12. 

As of September 2017, the Arc Mate 100iD can be ordered and will be publicly displayed at these two trade shows in Germany: EMO in Hannover and Schweissen & Schneiden in Düsseldorf.

Matteo Ferrari, arc welding and laser robot product manager at Fanuc Europe, says: “The new Arc Mate 100iD welding robot reaches remarkable productivity improvements for clients thanks to its superior motion performance, decreased installation efforts and ownership costs due to its seamless integration with weld process equipment.  Continue reading Fanuc launches ‘extremely compact’ new arc welding robot

Electric cars will change the way industrial robots are used in manufacturing, says Fanuc boss

 

With Volvo’s decision to go all electric in its future vehicles, combined with the French government’s decision to ban sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and similar moves in Germany, the automotive industry is preparing for a tectonic shift in the manufacturing landscape. 

The way electric cars are made already differ considerably now, and new techniques will take the production of the new vehicles further away from traditional methods.

An interesting insight into the future was offered by a senior executive at the world’s largest industrial robot manufacturer, who suggested that electric cars are highly likely to fundamentally change the way industrial robots are used.  Continue reading Electric cars will change the way industrial robots are used in manufacturing, says Fanuc boss

Big industrial robot manufacturers looking to move into China

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Picture courtesy of Dr Miha Pipan

The huge and growing demand for industrial robots in China is prompting the world’s largest industrial robot makers to look into setting up operations in the country. 

In particular, Japanese companies are said to be profiting from China’s huge increase in demand for industrial robots.

Statistics collated by the Japan Robot Association show that the country exported around $4.4 billion worth of industrial robots to China in 2016.  Continue reading Big industrial robot manufacturers looking to move into China

Video: Fanuc open to building manufacturing plant in outer space

The world’s largest industrial robot manufacturer could build a facility in space.

In a wide-ranging interview with RoboticsAndAutomationNews.com, recorded at Hannover Messe, Neil Dueweke – who was competing to be heard over a loud musical band in the background – says the company has big ambitions.

“Anywhere there’s robotics involved, Fanuc will be there,” says Dueweke. “Space robotics? Why not?”

As far-fetched as it might sound, there are many projects involving robots in space – that’s in addition to the robotic rovers which are already widely known.

In one project, the European Space Agency is building a robot holiday resort on the Moon.

And Nasa has a large number of projects involving robots in space, and has even installed an outer space additive manufacturing facility which targets the alien marketContinue reading Video: Fanuc open to building manufacturing plant in outer space