FANUC UK to host virtual injection moulding technology event
FANUC UK is hosting a virtual event focusing on automation for the injection moulding industry at the end of November. The online event, which will be hosted between 23rd-27th November, will allow moulding companies to get to grips with emerging automation technology from the comfort of their own desk. Attendees will also be able to experience a virtual tour of FANUC UK’s headquarters, as well as view a number of cutting-edge exhibits.
Front and centre will be a number of machines from FANUC’s ROBOSHOT automated injection moulding series, with attendees able to view demonstrations from FANUC’s UK showroom. Different ROBOSHOT machines will be partnered by a range of ancillary automation equipment, including FANUC industrial and collaborative robots, as well as number of third-party solutions from suppliers such as Hi-Tech Automation.
FANUC UK managing director Tom Bouchier comments: “2020 has been immensely challenging in a number of ways, but the resilience of UK manufacturing and its ability to adapt is unwavering. In this vein, we’ve decided to host this virtual event, to showcase how automation can help moulding companies from both a safety and productivity standpoint. While there are certain aspects of a physical event that cannot be replicated virtually, the fact that circumstances have necessitated this does hold a couple of positives.
“For instance, the number of attendees to physical events are limited by the space available, but the fact that this is virtual means we can open our doors to as many people as possible. Last year, our first ever Open House was a brilliant platform to discuss automation’s role in improving UK manufacturing, and this builds on that by offering application-specific illustrations how to improve manufacturing processes.”
The seven injection moulding exhibits will be as follows:
Exhibit 1 – α-S300iA with M10iD8L 6-axis industrial robot mounted on an automated longitudinal beam from HiTech Automation, to deliver 7-axis operation from within compact footprint.
Exhibit 2 – α-S150iA with a second SI20iA injection unit supported by a LR-Mate 200iD7L industrial robot and QSSR (Quick & Simple Start-up of Robotization). It will be used to manufacturer an ice scraper, which visitors can take home with them.
Exhibit 3 – α-S50iA LSR display for proprietary liquid silicone processing, complete with QSSR and LRMate200iD industrial robot for parts handing.
Exhibit 4 – α-S150iA with compact, modular parts handling solution from HiTech Automation.
Exhibit 5 – A standalone dual servo electric core power pack which can be interfaced with a ROBOSHOT machine or alternative supplier, to enable end-users to utilise electric motor drive core solutions over traditional hydraulic cores.
Exhibit 6 – A high-speed carbon take-out cell developed by HiTech Automation in conjunction with FANUC, which can achieve sub 0.35s take-out times.
The event will also highlight the capabilities of FANUC’s new lightweight collaborative robot, the CRX10iA.
Alongside ROBOSHOT and cobots, there will be the opportunity to see FANUC’s entire portfolio of industrial robots and automation solutions. The IoT Area will display software products such as MT-LINKi, ZDT (zero downtime), and IIoT platform FIELD, allowing visitors to see real-time quality, machine, and order status monitoring of all machines and robot cells.
Tom Bouchier concludes: “Our hope is that this event will help to demonstrate how automation can help UK manufacturing improve its position in relation to international competitors. With a special focus on injection moulding, it will showcase the latest technology, and ultimately provide a platform for those interested in boosting productivity to explore their potential.”
For more information and to sign up for the event, please visit: https://rstechnologydays.fanuc.eu/
The FANUC Corporation is a world leader in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT and ROBOSHOT). Since 1956, FANUC has pioneered the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With 263 locations supporting 108 countries worldwide and more than 7,000 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service.
For more information on FANUC, or to see its current product range, visit: www.fanuc.eu/uk/en
FANUC supplies 3,500 robots to Munich-based automotive group
Major order seals strategic partnership
Industrial robot manufacturer FANUC and the automotive group BMW AG have signed a framework agreement for the supply of 3,500 robots for new production lines and plants. FANUC robots will be used in the production of current and future generations of BMW models. The first robots were installed at the end of 2019. Further robots will be used at German and international production sites of the BMW Group in the coming years.
For FANUC, winning this project is an important milestone as a strategic partner of the BMW Group. The robot manufacturer is continuously investing in research and development as well as in the expansion of its service network to support its customers all over the world. Various FANUC robot models will be used by the BMW Group in the future, including newly developed ones that have been tailored to the customer’s individual requirements.
The robots will be primarily used in body shop construction and for the production of doors and bonnets. In cooperation with manufacturers of hose packages and traversing axes, FANUC is rounding off its range of supplies to the BMW Group by providing peripheral components.
With over 110 robot models in the range, FANUC offers the widest range of robots for industrial applications worldwide. These include particularly powerful types such as the M-2000, which can safely carry loads of up to 2.3 tonnes and move them flexibly via its six axes. The company is not only successful in the automotive industry: more than 600,000 FANUC robots have already been installed worldwide across a wide range of industries.
At its state-of-the-art headquarters in Ansty Park, Coventry, FANUC UK brings together world-leading capabilities in industrial robots, machine tools and plastic injection moulding machines to facilitate the complete integration of factory automation systems for UK manufacturers.
FANUC UK works in partnership with FANUC Europe Corporation to provide a range of customer support services, including sales, product support, parts, repairs, and training, as well as development of bespoke engineering systems. FANUC UK is a subsidiary of FANUC Europe Corporation and employs approximately 107 staff.
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FANUC to focus on delivering productivity through automation at inaugural Open House
In order to answer some of the burgeoning questions on automation in UK manufacturing, FANUC is hosting its first ever Manufacturing, Automation, and Digital Transformation Open House.
Taking place at its state-of-the-art UK headquarters from 29thto 31stOctober 2019, the event is open to UK industry to understand how automation can improve productivity across manufacturing. Including a number of demonstrations, as well as hosting industry debate, manufacturers can sign up to attend the event via the FANUC website.
Recent figures suggest that UK automation is currently falling behind other leading manufacturing nations, which is having an impact on its ability to keep pace in terms of productivity. To illustrate the point, there are just 71 industrial robots per 10,000 workers in the UK, positioning it behind 14 other European countries. In contrast, Germany has 309 units, contributing to a production rate which is 30 percent higher per hour than that of the UK.
FANUC UK managing director,Tom Bouchier comments: “Many in UK manufacturing remain suspicious of automation, with a common misconception being that it equates to a high up-front cost. However, automation solutions are accessible to everyone, from family run subcontracting businesses, through to multi-national organisations.
“FANUC’s inaugural Open House will showcase a range of technologies, seeking to address misunderstanding within UK industry and highlight how turning to automation can drive significant and tangible productivity.”
One area of automation which will be demonstrated is collaborative robotics (cobots). With built-in sensors and vision systems, cobots are capable of working alongside human operators in a variety of different operations. Cobots are already in use in a range of processes in the UK, across a range of industries. Three distinct models will be exhibited at the Open House including the CR-35iA, which is the only cobot in the world with a 35 kg payload.
FANUC’s production equipment series: the ROBODRILL, ROBOSHOT and ROBOCUT, will also be displayed, offering visitors the chance to see these state-of-the-art machines in action. There will be live demonstrations throughout the event, illuminating the power of automation in the manufacturing process.
The ROBODRILL, a compact yet powerful 5-axis drilling machine, will be represented by the α-D21MiA with Mechatronic iTend machine-tending solution, alongside the α-D21LiB5 complete with DDR Tl-iB additional axis control.
To highlight how automating injection moulding can drive further productivity gains, FANUC will be displaying its α-S50iA injection moulding ROBOSHOT as part of a hi-tech automation pick-and-place-to-conveyor application.
The ROBOCUT wire-cutting machine exhibits will feature an aerospace application for precision machining on the C-400. The C -600 and C -800 will also be showcased.
FANUC’s software offering will also be exhibited, including its ROBOGUIDE software, Zero Downtime (ZDT) technology and the newly launched FIELD (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link & Drive) system. There will be a team of experts on hand to talk visitors through how these various pieces of technology can improve factory productivity, highlighting how the manufacturing process can be optimised.
Tom Bouchier concludes: “We’re thrilled to be able to highlight the wide range of possibilities in automation. It’s crucial that UK manufacturing maintains its position as a world leader and the adoption of automated solutions is key to this.”