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FANUC CORPORATION

Improving Customer Productivity

FANUC pursues the automation and robotization of our customers‘ factories as well as their high efficiency. FANUC has realized a high operating rates by analyzing failure information regarding our products, and conducting ongoing research and development to enhance reliability.

FA Business

FANUC provides highly reliable CNCs, servos, and lasers, which constitute the basic technologies of FANUC. As well as improving ease of use for machinery manufacturers, we also enhance end users' productivity by improving performance and save space by reducing the size of devices.
In addition, we contribute to improving the quality of end users' products by achieving high-quality machining. The manufacturing of a variety of industrial products using machine tools equipped with FANUC's CNCs and servos contributes to an efficient society, including the manufacturing industry.

Developing a simulation function The development of CNC simulators such as CNC GUIDE has made it possible to provide education on machining programming, among other topics, even in the absence of actual machine tools. This leads to the improvement of educational efficiency at training sites in the manufacturing industry, as well as a reduction in the required number of units of training machinery and equipment, thereby helping to reduce resources.
In addition, the prior detection of program errors in machining programs can reduce the number of defects caused by machining errors in actual machining. This reduction enables cost cutting as a result of curbed power consumption at the time of performance of relevant tasks (such as regular disposal of cutting chips) and machining, because it reduces the amount of cutting chips and coolant discharged.
Developing customizable functions Since the structures and functions of the machine tools provided by machine tool builders, who are our customers, differ, the required operating screens and control functions also vary. The development of functions allowing customers to easily customize tasks, such as designing displays and controlling signals, enables each customer to provide operators with operability suited to their own machines.
Servo Learning Oscillation The biggest obstacle to automating turning is that long chips become entangled in the workpiece or tool during turning or drilling. In addition, such long chips are difficult to discard. This function solves these issues by shredding chips during turning or drilling, mitigating problems such as damage to tools and defective machining.
Fast Cycle-time Technology This is a group of functions that reduce machining time. Through optimization of the actual machining operations of the machines as well as a reduction in non-machining time, the overall machining time is shortened and the operating rates of the machines is improved.
SERVO GUIDE,
AI Servo Tuning
We provide our customers, manufacturers of machinery, with support tools to easily realize high-level tuning of parameters to control the servo motor. The inclusion of an AI-based tuning support function improves the machining performance of machine tools.
AI Servo Monitor Using data from servo motors, the AI can detect signs of malfunctioning spindle axes and feed axes of machine tools without requiring a separately installed sensor.
The AI servo monitor recognizes damage to spindle axes as an anomaly score, making it possible to prevent sudden malfunctioning of machine tools.
iHMI iHMI provides a user interface that simplifies the operations of the operator who is the actual user of the machine tool.
MT-LINKi With MT-LINKi, it is possible to identify machining processes that may constitute bottlenecks in the production line, by knowing the operational status of the machine tools installed in the factory. This facilitates process improvement.
Fine Surface Technology This CNC and servo control technology realizes high-quality machining. This technology can reduce the quantity of work in subsequent processes, such as polishing the machined surface, and enables reduced friction in components used in the manufacturing of automobile parts. This results in enhanced automobile quietness, and solves problems such as noise.
Failure diagnosis function
Preventive maintenance function
The failure diagnosis function provides guidance when warnings and alarms are issued, which indicates the cause along with countermeasures, thereby shortening recovery time, as well as a preventive maintenance function that detects signs of failure, thus reducing machine downtime.
Improving spindle motor output By molding the stator with highly thermal conductive resin to improve cooling performance, the output of the spindle motor can be increased without changing its size, thus contributing to the improvement of the machining performance of machine tools.
Highly Reliable and Easy-to-use Products CNC and highly reliable lasers that have highly synchronous connections between robot axis control and laser output commands enable pinpoint laser irradiation, for the realization of machining with an exceptionally high degree of precision.
Further, the combined application of the many laser machining functions that we have built up over the years, such as laser-power control that controls laser output according to machining speed, dramatically improves the speed, precision, and quality of machining and ease of use and raises our customers’ work efficiency.

ROBOT Business

Robots which utilize the basic technologies of CNCs and servos relieve workers from dangerous, dirty, and difficult jobs by performing tasks that were previously handled by humans. At the same time, robots revolutionize work styles, such as by reducing work hours and eliminating night shifts. Through the development of intelligent robots using visual sensors and force sensors, the areas in which robots can be used are expected to expand.
In addition to automating production lines and enhancing efficiency, the utilization of robots improves and stabilizes product quality, as they can continue consistent production over long periods.

Saving space The Robot R-2000iD, which is frequently used in spot welding and handling applications, has a footprint that is 23% smaller than those of conventional models.
Our wide range of models can be mounted in a variety of configurations, including on shelves, walls, and ceilings, and save space by optimizing the factory layout.
Reducing robot cycle time FANUC has acquired a patent for the world’s first practical learning robot. For example, in a conventional car body welding line, the utilization of 30 robots reduced cycle time by 10.2% after learning.
Improving cost efficiency An automatic guided vehicle (AGV) equipped with a collaborative robot can move autonomously, allowing a single robot to work at multiple locations, and improves the operating rates of the robot in processes with long cycle times.
Automation system design support tool The use of ROBOGUIDE, a software that automatically calculates the optimal layout of machines and robots, can reduce the time for trial and error required to design an automation system.
Optimizing the operating program using ROBOGUIDE reduces cycle time.
Reducing downtime Zero Down Time (ZDT) is a “predictable” function that alerts users before failure and improves productivity by reducing the downtime in factories. ZDT is connected to more than 20,000 robots around the world, and has prevented more than 1,300 downtime cases.
Remote monitoring of operation A robot's teach pendant screen can be viewed from a remote PC via a network. Accordingly, the operating conditions of many robots can be conveniently checked from the office, eliminating the need to make rounds of the factory to inspect the operating conditions of each robot.
Software Provision Platforms With the new collaborative robot CRX, we have established a platform in which customers can download the latest software from our website and update it as needed by themselves, eliminating the need for our service personnel to attend customers’ factories to set it up. This enables our customers to operate their machine tools with the up-to-date software at all times.
Reducing equipment costs The 7-axis Robot P-1000iA, used for painting automobile bodies, contributes to drastically reducing the size of the paint booth compared to the use of conventional 6-axis robots. It is possible to greatly reduce initial costs when a paint booth is built as well as running costs such as air-conditioning.

Awards on ROBOT Business

Triple award winner (2020): Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the Ninth Robot Awards; Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun Award in the 2020 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards; and the 63rd Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ten Great New Products Awards Main Prize

FANUC Robot CRX-10iA

2019 Winner of double awards (2019): Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun Award for Excellence in the 2019 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards/62nd Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ten Great New Products Awards Main Prize

FANUC Robot R-2000iD/210FH

Winner of double awards (2018): Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award and Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award at the Eighth Robot Awards

Zero Down Time (ZDT)

ROBOMACHINE Business

FANUC provides four product groups, consisting of ROBODRILLs (compact machining center), ROBOSHOTs (electric injection molding machine), ROBOCUTs (wire electrical-discharge machine), and ROBONANOs (ultra-precision machine), which utilize the basic technologies for CNCs and servos. All of these product groups boast high performance and high operating rates, and help our customers adopt IoT in their factories.

Saving space Compact ROBODRILLs with high machining performance provides the benefits of both saving factory space and increasing flexibility in terms of factory layout.
Reducing machining time ROBODRILLs shorten cycle time and achieve high productivity by thoroughly reducing idle time, such as the time required to change tools, by executing tool changes and table positioning operations concurrently. In addition, we are proactively expanding compatibility with new machining methods using special tools.
AI backflow monitor ROBOSHOTs leverage AI to evaluate and predict wear on expendable parts (backflow prevention ring), and conduct “predictable” preventive maintenance. This makes visual inspections, which is the conventional way to confirm wear, unnecessary, thus reducing the workload.
Multi-functionalizing standard models A second injection unit was developed for ROBOSHOTs. With this unit, molding of two types of resin materials with different functional requirements is made possible with in a single mold achieves high-value-added molding with less man-hours in the assembly process.
AI thermal displacement compensation function Fluctuations in cutting accuracy caused by changes in the temperature of ROBOCUTs are predicted and controlled using AI technology. As a result, compensation accuracy improved by roughly 30% compared with the conventional models.
High reliable auto wire feeding (AWF3) The ROBOCUT features highly reliable automatic wire feeding that can automatically recover feeding when a wire is accidentally cut and disconnected, thereby enabling unmanned operation for long periods.
ROBODRILL-LINKi
ROBOSHOT-LINKi
ROBOCUT-LINKi
Monitors the operating status of the entire factory in real- time and supports the early detection of errors for quick recovery, contributing to improvements in operating rates of factory equipment.
ROBOSHOT-LINKi2 enables significant increases in the number of connectable injection molding machines and in the quantity of data stored. It also makes it possible to view the system from mobile devices such as tablets.
We have also promoted paperless operations with the digitization of user manuals and other resources.
QSSR (Quick and Simple Start-up of Robotization) of ROBOMACHINE Our automation introduction packages, which combine ROBOMACHINE and ROBOT products, reduce the technical roadblocks involved in building robot systems.
Simple installation, simple settings, and simple operation significantly reduce man-hours in the design process and start-up time.

• ROBODRILL-QSSR/LR Mate
• ROBODRILL-QSSR/CR-7iA
Support boosting of machining systems

• ROBOSHOT-QSSR/M-1iA
• ROBOSHOT-QSSR/LR Mate
Support boosting of injection molding systems

• ROBOCUT-QSSR/M-20iA
• ROBOCUT-QSSR/CR-7iA
Support boosting of wire electrical-discharge systems

Awards on ROBOMACHINE Business

51st Industrial Machinery Design Award IDEA: The Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers (JSIM) Award (2021)

Display Unit PANEL iH Pro for ROBOSHOT α-SiB Series

66th Okochi Memorial Foundation Okochi Memorial Production Prize (2019)

ROBOSHOT

2018 Winner of double awards (2018): Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun Award for Best Product in the 2018 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards/61st Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ten Great New Products Awards Main Prize

ROBONANO α-NMiA

5th (1994)/28th (2017) Japan Society of Polymer Processing Aoki Katashi Innovation Award

Development of AI Pressure Tracking Control for a Fully Electric Injection Molding Machine (1994)
Movement Detection Technology and Injection Volume Stabilization Technology for a Backflow Prevention Ring (2017)

FIELD system

The FIELD system (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link & Drive system) is an open platform for manufacturers that aims to further improve productivity and efficiency within the industry. This system helps increase yield, quality, and productivity by visualizing factories, thereby contributing to the improvement of our customers' revenue.
The FIELD system offers an SDK (Software Development Kit), so that third-party developers can also freely develop and sell application software and converters for devices. The design guide of the SDK provides a comfortable development environment with constant surface speed (CSS) that integrates universal design.

FIELD system