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.
“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,” says company president, Mike Cicco.
“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 Corp. 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 industries including automotive, aerospace, agricultural products, recreational vehicles and boats, furniture, appliance and medical devices.
According to the company, 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).
The company’s 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,” Cicco adds.
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.
“We’re seeing a significant increase in paint robot sales to non-automotive customers both domestically and abroad,” says Jon Karr, FANUC America’s vice president of Paint Shop Automation. “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.”
The paint robots are designed for automating applications that are often challenging, hazardous and labor-intensive.
“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,” Karr adds.
For more information, visit fanucamerica.com.
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