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FANUC Robotics

FANUC Corporation
6954)
Industry Manufacturing, Robotics
Founded 1972, spin-off from Fujitsu
Headquarters

Oshino-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan 35°26′43.8″N 138°50′34.1″E / 35.445500°N 138.842806°E / 35.445500; 138.842806Coordinates: 35°26′43.8″N 138°50′34.1″E / 35.445500°N 138.842806°E / 35.445500; 138.842806

Area served Worldwide
Key people Dr. Eng. Seiuemon Inaba (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Eng. Yoshiharu Inaba (President & CEO)
Revenue Increase¥446,201 million JPY (2010)[1]
Operating income Increase¥189,757 million JPY (2010)[1]
Profit Increase¥120,155 million JPY(2010)[1]
Employees 4,872 consolidated (2007)[2]
Website www.fanuc.co.jp

FANUC or FANUC Corporation (ファナック株式会社 Fanakku Kabushikigaisha?) /ˈfænʊk/ is a Japan-headquartered multinational electromechanical manufacturer specializing in robotics. It is one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world. It is part of the Furukawa Group. FANUC had its beginnings as part of Fujitsu developing numerical control (NC) and servo systems. The company name is an acronym for Factory automation numerical control.[3]

In 1972, the Computing Control Division became independent and FANUC Ltd was established.[4]

FANUC is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Section 1, 6954. It is headquartered in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The company's clients include US and Japanese automobile and electronics manufacturers[which?]. Use of industrial robots has allowed companies like Panasonic in Amagasaki to run factories which produce 2 million television sets a month (mostly high end plasma LCD screens including a 103 inch model) with just 25 people.[5]

FANUC has joint ventures, subsidiaries, and sales offices on 5 continents and over 22 countries. It is one of the largest makers of CNC controls by market share.

Subsidiaries and joint ventures

FANUC Robotics America Corporation supplies robotic automation in North and South America, with over 240,000 robots installed. It also produces software, controls, and vision products that aid in the development of robotic systems. Headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan, The company has ten regional locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. The company provides these systems for applications including automotive and fabricated metals to medical devices and plastics. It was founded in 1982 as a joint venture between FANUC Ltd and General Motors Corporation, named GMFanuc Robotics Corporation. A staff of 70 began work at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. In 1992, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd of Oshino-mura, Japan. The company is a member of the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

FANUC Robotics Europe S.A., a sister company, is headquartered in Luxembourg, with customers in Europe, and which provides sales, service and support in Europe and abroad.

FANUC America Corporation is responsible for CNC operations in North and South America. It offers CNC and laser technical services, training, replacement parts, PCB and motor repair and return, field support, and after hours support. Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, FANUC AMERICA has over 30 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The company provides these services to machine tool builders, machine tool dealers, and small mom and pop tool shops across a variety of industries. In 1977, the company was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd of Oshino-mura, Japan.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms was a joint venture between General Electric and FANUC Ltd. that began in 1986. In 2009, GE and FANUC Ltd. agreed to split, with FANUC Ltd. retaining the CNC business. GE will rename the company GE Intelligent Platforms.[6][7][8]

On January 1, 2010, Fanuc America Corporation and the prior CNC business unit from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms in the US were combined into a new company by the name of FANUC CNC America. This new business unit is a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd, Japan and now offers CNC systems, Lasers, Manufacturing Intelligence software products, field repairs and advanced technical services, expanded training classes, a vast inventory of CNC replacement parts, PCB motor repair and return, field support, and CS-24 after hours support. This new company will be headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois,

FANUC NC controllers

Control / device naming conventions

Each generation of FANUC numerical control system has different levels of device control capabilities, and these are generally referred to by a model or series number.

Each controller model is typically available with several device control capabilities, depending on what software functions are licensed for use on that device. Some common control capabilities are:

  • M - Milling
  • T - Turning (lathe)
  • TT - Twin Turret
  • P - Punch press
  • G - Grinding

Within each model name, there can also be generational updates for each model, usually indicated by a trailing letter.

Model 0 is somewhat unusual in that both the number zero and the letter O are used interchangeably to indicate the model.

There is no specific syntax for distinguishing the model from the device type and series, with spaces or dashes or slashes, which can result in difficulty searching for information, parts, and service for this equipment. For example, in the FANUC-0 series, these are all valid identifications for various types of NC controls and machines:[9]

Various model names Type Series Notes
FANUC-0MA, FANUC 0-MA, FANUC 0M-A, FANUC 0M/A, FANUC 0-M-A, FANUC 0-M/A, FANUC 0 M-A, FANUC 0 M/A, FANUC-0M Model A, FANUC 0-M Model A, FANUC 0/M Model A Milling A number 0
FANUC-OPA, FANUC O-PA, FANUC OP-A, FANUC OP/A, FANUC O-P-A, FANUC O-P/A, FANUC O P-A, FANUC O P/A, FANUC-OP Model A, FANUC O-P Model A, FANUC O/P Model A Punching A letter O
FANUC-0TB, FANUC 0-TB, FANUC 0T-B, FANUC 0T/B, FANUC 0-T-B, FANUC 0-T/B, FANUC 0 T-B, FANUC 0 T/B, FANUC-0T Model B, FANUC 0-T Model B, FANUC 0/T Model B Turning B number 0
FANUC-0TTB, FANUC 0-TTB, FANUC 0TT-B, FANUC 0TT/B, FANUC 0-TT-B, FANUC 0-TT/B, FANUC 0 TT-B, FANUC 0 TT/B, FANUC-0TT Model B, FANUC 0-TT Model B, FANUC 0/TT Model B Twin Turret B number 0
FANUC-0GC, FANUC 0-GC, FANUC 0G-C, FANUC 0G/C, FANUC 0-G-C, FANUC 0-G/C, FANUC 0 G-C, FANUC 0 G/C, FANUC-0G Model C, FANUC 0-G Model C, FANUC 0/G Model C Grinding C number 0

NC controller capabilities

When separate computer aided manufacturing software is used to control these different systems, the model differences can be used to tell the manufacturing software how to more efficiently use the system programming capabilities. Some FANUC NC Controllers include:

Control name Series or version Differences and capabilities
FANUC 20 Series A  
FANUC 20 Series B  
FANUC 30 Series A  
FANUC 30 Series B  
FANUC 2000 Series A  
FANUC 3000 Series A  
There is no model 4/4000, likely because it is a Japanese unlucky number
FANUC 5 Series A  
FANUC 7 Series A  
FANUC 6 Series A  
FANUC 5 Series B  
FANUC 6 Series B  
FANUC 3    
FANUC 10    
FANUC 11    
FANUC 15    
FANUC 0 Series A, 1985-1986
FANUC 0 Series B, 1987-1989  
FANUC 0 Series C, 1990-1998  
FANUC 6    
FANUC 12    
FANUC 16i    
FANUC 18i    
FANUC 21i    
FANUC 30i[10]   First production: 2003
FANUC 31i[10]   First production: 2004
FANUC 32i[10]   First production: 2004
FANUC 160[11]    
FANUC 180[11]    

References

External links

  • FANUC Corporation
  • FANUC America Corporation
  • FANUC Robotics Corporation
  • FANUC Europe Corporation
  • Hoover's Profile: FANUC CORPORATION
  • FANUC's thumbnail overview of the history of FANUC CNC

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