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Fanuc launches new version of Zero Down Time service

Fanuc America says its Robot LINKi Zero Down Time (ZDT) service is now available to all automotive and non-automotive manufacturers who purchase Fanuc robots.

Launched in 2015 in collaboration with Cisco, ZDT is a predictive analytic service that identifies potential failures so customers can schedule maintenance and repairs, avoiding unexpected breakdowns during production. ZDT received a General Motors Innovation Award in 2016.

Today, over 16,000 robots in the automotive industry are operating with ZDT.

Since its introduction, Fanuc estimates that ZDT has saved customers over 1,300 hours of unexpected production interruptions, which equates to more than $4 million. 

Joe Gazzarato, director, ZDT cloud development, Fanuc America, says: “Thanks to the success of ZDT, and lessons learned from its application in the automotive sector, we are excited to introduce ZDT to all industries.”

ZDT is available for all Fanuc R-30iB Plus robots as well as R-30iA and R-30iB robots with the latest software version.

ZDT monitors the robot’s mechanical health, controller and process equipment controlled by the robot.

A ZDT Data Collector located inside a customer’s plant securely transfers messages from Fanuc robots to Fanuc’s ZDT Data Center in the cloud.

At that point, Fanuc’s analytic programs review the data in the cloud for potential issues.

If there is an issue, ZDT automatically notifies Fanuc’s service team and the customer with recommended actions to confirm and correct the issue.

Gazzarato. adds: “For customers with operations in multiple states or even overseas, ZDT combines robot data from all locations into one dashboard so managers and engineers can remotely check equipment status and support local maintenance personnel.”

Fanuc says ZDT’s features and benefits include:

  • Automatically monitors robot health status and upcoming maintenance requirements, tracks changes to robot programs, and so on, eliminating the need for manual analysis and tracking
  • Eliminates unexpected downtime and avoids lost profits
  • Maximizes throughput
  • Optimizes maintenance costs
  • Increases robot’s mechanical life expectancy
  • Easily monitor and support operations from anywhere in the world with remote access to robot health and status information via the ZDT Web Portal

Gazzarato says: “ZDT is a proven solution for customers looking to take that next step into the Industrial IoT.

“Fanuc robots are not only the most reliable, but they are also the most intelligent and now, most predictable.

“ZDT promises our customers even more innovation, dependability, and reliability.”