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The Jacksonville Jaguars introduced FANUC America as a proud partner of the team and welcomed five new robots to TIAA Bank Field and the Jaguars family of game day staff.

“We are excited for the opportunity to show FANUC robots to Jaguars fans,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO of FANUC.  “Companies both large and small are implementing robots and automation to help them meet their productivity goals.  Ultimately, we help companies solve production challenges and stay competitive.  We hope our fun and interactive demonstrations encourage people to see what automation can do for them.”

Fans visiting TIAA Bank Field on game day this season can interact with one of five new robots located throughout the stadium. They include:

  • Flo – Thirsty fans visiting the Bud Light Party Zone will be served by Flo the robot who will be helping the bartenders pour Bud Light.
  • Lenny – In the Lower US Assure Club West, fans can challenge Lenny the robot to a running back challenge by passing a handheld ring along a zigzagged route.
  • Cheer – Later this season, when the Jaguars score, look for Cheer the robot on Camp Grunt Style as she hoists a Jaguars flag to celebrate a touchdown.
  • Jax and Jill – Always a robot team, Jax and Jill are waiting in the US Assure Club West lobby to welcome fans with a special message.


“We’re excited to add another partner who supports our philosophy of bringing first-of-its-kind activations to the stadium experience,” said Scott Massey, Jaguars senior vice president of corporate partnerships. “FANUC is a leader in automation and we’re thrilled for FANUC robots to engage with Jaguars fans on game day, from serving fans Bud Lights, to competing against them in a fun skills challenge, to waving a Jaguars flag celebrating big moments on the field.”

FANUC America marks the 35th anniversary of manufacturing its line of painting robots at the company’s Rochester Hills, Michigan, headquarters, a major milestone in the U.S. robotics industry.

Company President, Mike Cicco remarked: “We have dedicated ourselves to 35 years of product innovation and manufacturing efficiencies to provide our customers with the highest quality paint robots that we design, assemble, and integrate here in the U.S. and export to customers around the world. Throughout 2017, we will be taking a look at where we started, what we have achieved, and what our plans are for the future.”

In 1982, FANUC America produced its first NC Painter, a hydraulic paint robot using key components from parent company FANUC CORPORATION in Japan. Now, 35 years later, FANUC America remains globally responsible for all paint robots and door openers of the FANUC robot lineup, which are sold to a diverse range of industries including automotive, aerospace, agricultural products, recreational vehicles and boats, furniture, appliance, and medical devices. In fact, FANUC America has supplied its U.S.-made paint robots to all of the top 15 global automakers ranked by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

FANUC America’s U.S.-based product development team designs and implements a wide range of mechanical, electrical, process and software products, including Zero Down Time (ZDT), a cloud-based application that analyzes data collected from FANUC robots, alerting customers of potential issues that need to be addressed before unexpected downtime occurs. “Our local product development team is the industry’s largest with hundreds of years of accumulated engineering experience located here in Michigan,” added Cicco.

All of FANUC America’s new paint robots are ZDT-ready, which means they can monitor a variety of functions including paint canisters, spray applicators, drive health and paint process regulators. In addition, ZDT provides maintenance reminders to notify customers to inspect or replace worn items. Currently, there are over 800 paint robots now using ZDT analytics with additional robots connected to the cloud each month.

“Having an extensive group of local experts to provide software, product design, assembly and integration of our paint robots allows us to react quickly to customer needs,” said Jon Karr, FANUC America’s Vice President of Paint Shop Automation.

FANUC America’s paint robots are ideal for automating applications that are ergonomically challenging, hazardous and labor intensive. “We’re seeing a significant increase in paint robot sales to non-automotive customers both domestically and abroad,” added Karr. “These customers want to improve quality and throughput while minimizing their assembly workers’ exposure to hazardous environments, similar to what automakers looked to do back in 1982.”

FANUC America recently introduced its latest paint robot, the P-350iA/45, which will demonstrate sanding, washing and drying an aircraft fuselage at the 2017 Automate Show in Chicago, booth #1625.

The new P-350iA/45 robot is designed for a variety of applications including painting, coating, sanding, and washing, it offers a flexible six-axis design and is Class 1, Division 1 approved for operation in hazardous environments.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 14:39

FANUC America Expands CNC Training Program

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FANUC America, a provider of CNC, robotics, and factory automation solutions, is expanding its CNC training program with additional course offerings and significant facility upgrades.

FANUC currently offers a wide range of training courses covering CNC maintenance, operations and programming, servo and laser maintenance, Ladder/PMC editing, FANUC Picture Development, G-code programming, custom macro programming, conversational programming and more.

FANUC training courses include hands on instruction and real-world troubleshooting and are taught by experienced professionals who have been trained at FANUC headquarters in Japan.

FANUC training program improvements include:

  • New online training courses including mill, lathe, and custom macro programming courses as well as general maintenance and integrator training
  • More than 50 new CNC systems were purchased for classroom training
  • New training facility in Auburn, WA (Seattle) and classroom upgrades at the Huntersville, NC (Charlotte) and Rochester Hills, MI (Detroit) facilities.
  • Machine tools with FANUC controls installed at several FANUC locations for use in select classes.


A complete course list and schedule is available at www.fanucamerica.com/cnctraining

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:07

FANUC America Appoints New President & CEO

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FANUC America Corporation, a supplier of CNC, robotic and factory automation technologies, announced Mike Cicco has been named the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As President and CEO, Cicco will have responsibility for all of the company’s operations in North and South America. In addition, Rick Schneider has been named Chairman of FANUC America and will continue in his role as a board member of parent company, FANUC Corporation.

“I am excited and honored to take on this role, and I look forward to working with Rick and our talented senior leadership team to achieve our future growth objectives,” said Cicco.

Cicco joined FANUC in 1999 and has held a variety of management positions over the years including software/controls manager and district sales manager at the company’s Southern California facility. In 2005, Cicco transferred to FANUC’s headquarters in Rochester Hills, MI to take on the role of national account manager of the company’s Authorized System Integrator sales group. As his career progressed, he was named general manager of several robot division groups including Material Handling Engineering, Authorized System Integrator sales and Domestic Automotive/Michigan Regional sales. In 2015, Cicco was promoted to vice president of FANUC’s North and South American sales and execution. In April 2016, Cicco was named president and COO.

Before joining FANUC, Cicco served as lead automation engineer in Northrop Grumman’s Automation and Information Systems group. Cicco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

For more information, visit: www.fanucamerica.com

FANUC America Corporation has released the new FANUC CNC Simulator, bringing the world’s most popular CNC control to the classroom and provides students with exposure to FANUC CNC controls without the need for a full mill or lathe.

The FANUC CNC Simulator is based on the FANUC Series 0i - MODEL F platform and can be operated in either milling or turning configurations. Students can program the simulator as a 3-axis mill or a 2-axis/1-spindle turning system. The simulators are portable and require only a standard wall outlet for power.

The CNC Simulator is a complete FANUC CNC control with a 10.4” LCD monitor and a QWERTY keyboard, so students will experience the look, feel and layout of the control as they navigate and program a fully functioning CNC. Students can transfer the programs to the machines using the built-in Ethernet connections or standard Flash ATA or USB interface.   

The FANUC CNC Simulator comes loaded with FANUC MANUAL GUIDE i conversational programming interface, which allows users to graphically generate programs that are simulated in 3-D prior to being converted back to conventional NC programs and used on machine tools. MANUAL GUIDE i simplifies programming and enhances productivity.  By learning process-oriented conversational programming students can focus on machine operations instead of just G-code, which leads to faster, more efficient operations.

FANUC is committed to providing certification programs for CNC, robotics and iRVision while applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The FANUC CNC Simulator is a key component of the FANUC Certified CNC Education program. Qualifying educational institutions can earn FANUC Certification for their training programs, giving their students an advantage in the marketplace. 

For more information, visit: www.fanucamerica.com

FANUC Robotics America has released a new YouTube video featuring coordinated robot motion with its Constant Path software feature. The video showcases a FANUC M-10iA robot rotating a basketball while a FANUC ARC Mate 120iC/10L robot follows the lines of the basketball with a marble.

“Constant Path ensures coordination between multiple robots, simplifies teaching and reduces cycle time,” said Jason Tsai, general manager of product development, FANUC Robotics. “This is a major benefit for manufacturers looking to respond quickly to their customer’s needs to deliver quality products on time.”

In the video, the robots work in coordinated motion and are able to resume the same path after the hold/emergency stop button is pressed. “In this unique demonstration using the basketball and the marble, it’s obvious that the robots are able to maintain the same path, location and orientation regardless of static or dynamic speed override changes,” added Tsai. “FANUC leads the industry in providing accurate, reliable and consistent performance.”

FANUC Robotics America designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products, and complete support services. After 29 years of success, FANUC Robotics maintains its position as the leading robotics company in the Americas. Over 100,000 FANUC robots are installed in the Americas, and 240,000 worldwide. A subsidiary of FANUC Corporation in Japan, the company is headquartered in Detroit, and has facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte; Cincinnati; Toronto; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit: www.fanucrobotics.com

FANUC Corporation, the world’s most diversified manufacturer of CNC Systems, Robots and Machine Tools, has been named as one of the Top 100 companies on the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list recently published in Forbes magazine.  This list recognizes the world’s leading-edge corporations that are most likely to continue to succeed today and in the future.

This recently released list in Forbes is based on a comprehensive 8-year study completed by professors and advisors in which they discovered that particular skills identify business innovators.  Additionally, they determined that calculating a company’s value plus anticipated growth fueled by new innovative products will identify the most innovative companies.  Quantifying their findings lead to developing a specific measure that was used to rank the world’s most innovative companies.  Embedded in each of these companies is a code for innovation, discernible in their people, processes and philosophies.  This innovation creates a demand for their products now and in the future.

Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of CNC equipment. FANUC’s technology has contributed to a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines.  Today, FANUC has more than 600 engineers working in R&D to provide the most reliable, efficient and innovative CNC systems available—ensuring the very lowest Total Cost of Ownership. With 50 years of experience and more than 2.2 million CNCs and 220,000 robots installed worldwide, FANUC is the undeniable global leader in CNC and robotics.

Demonstrating their innovative vision, FANUC is a main eXperience partner in the upcoming imX event that will be breaking new ground for this industry.  imX, www.imxevent.com,  is a new industry event in Las Vegas, Sept 12-14, 2011 designed to combine the best elements of an open house and tradeshow.  It has been designed from the ground up to offer technical education and practical demonstrations in a way that clearly helps manufacturers in the U.S. retain their edge in innovation and productivity.  

One key attraction to imX, and what sets it apart from other tradeshows, are the Learning Labs.  Located on the event floor, FANUC’s Learning Labs will interact at a higher level of discussions and demonstrations with customers.  The education offered here will be much more in depth than what has ever been seen on a tradeshow floor.  

Manufacturers are constantly challenged to increase productivity and lower costs, and even more so in challenging economic times.  So, FANUC’s goal at imX is to educate end users, machine tool builders and distributors on how the integration of cutting edge CNC and robotic technologies can increase their productivity.  At imX, FANUC will offer 10 Learning Labs each day of this 3 day event focusing on solutions for current issues and trends going forward.  High-speed machining is still a hot topic with the addition of five-axis machining and multitasking machining. There is also a definite trend toward machining titanium, Inconel and other hard-to-machine materials. As a result, one of our Learning Labs will focus on the latest advanced control features that improve surface finish, reduce cycle time, and simplify programming and program management for high speed machining and single step processing of critical parts.  Another Learning Lab will feature five-axis machining and how to take advantage of modern CAD/CAM and CNC features to minimize post processor complexity, reduce cycle times and improve part quality.   Other Learning Lab topics include: cost savings through CNC innovation, simple robot integration, machine optimization, how to get performance, reliability and innovation in an affordable CNC, benefits to an Open CNC design, simple CNC/Robot integration and data mining through CNC connectivity.  Additionally, an important point that will be discussed in our Learning Labs is that our newest technology provides the most cost-effective solution when measured by the total cost of ownership (TCO) and life cycle of machines.

For more information, visit: www.fanucfa.com or www.imxevent.com

FANUC Robotics America announced the sale of its 100,000th robot in North and South America to Schneider Packaging, securing FANUC Robotics’ position as the leading supplier of robotic automation in the Americas.

“It’s exciting news to hear that we purchased the 100,000th FANUC robot in the Americas”

“Automation and robotics are core tools for manufacturing competitiveness,” said Rick Schneider, president, FANUC Robotics America. “This accomplishment underscores the fact that more companies are using robotic technology to expand their overall operations versus transferring manufacturing overseas.”

“It’s exciting news to hear that we purchased the 100,000th FANUC robot in the Americas,” said Richard S. Schneider, president, Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc. “We are FANUC Robotics largest integrator in the case packing and palletizing segment in North America, having shipped hundreds of robots over the last three years. 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Schneider Packaging, and this latest recognition helps us further celebrate what has been a successful year,” said Schneider.

“As the economy recovers from the current recession, we’ve consistently maintained our leadership position, and continue our commitment to providing intelligent robots and systems that deliver the highest levels of quality, productivity and value,” added FANUC Robotics’ Schneider.

FANUC Robotics will host a special event and facility tour for invited guests and members of the media to celebrate the sale of its 100,000th robot in the Americas on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. FANUC Robotics America is located at 3900 W. Hamlin Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48309. For more information contact Cathy Powell at 248-377-7570 or Jill Aleo at 248-377-7113. Register today at: http://www.fanucrobotics.com/events/mediaevent/.

“Our skilled team of local engineers and product development resources, diverse product line, regional facilities, large integration network, and superior aftermarket services allows us to provide manufacturers with the tools they need to be more productive and globally competitive. It’s safe to say that a FANUC robot is involved in the manufacturing of virtually every type of product made in North and South America, from automotive to aerospace, alternative energy, food, pharmaceuticals and many others,” said FANUC Robotics’ Schneider.

FANUC Robotics America Corporation designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products, and complete support services. After 28 years of success, FANUC Robotics maintains its position as the leading robotics company in the Americas. A subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, the company is headquartered in Detroit, and has facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte; Cincinnati; Toronto; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over 220,000 FANUC robots are installed worldwide. Contact FANUC Robotics at www.fanucrobotics.com or by calling 1-800-iQ-ROBOT, option 5. Also visit us on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Business Wire

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