November 28, 2017 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Nov. 28, 2017 – Fanuc Corp. has produced its 500,000th robot.
“Automation and robotics are key drivers of manufacturing competitiveness,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO, Fanuc America. “More companies are using automation to overcome inefficiencies, lower costs, increase productivity, and gain market share. Having sold a half million robots is a key milestone for Fanuc, and we’re looking forward to expanding our capabilities to keep pace with the growing demand for automation.”
In April, the manufacturer announced plans to build a new factory scheduled to open in August 2018. The new factory will increase its robot capacity from 6,000 to 11,000 units per month.
“The backbone of Fanuc’s success is our talented workforce – all automation professionals, including an expanding product development team based in Japan and the U.S.,” Cicco added. “In addition to highly qualified employees, we offer the most reliable automation products in the marketplace. Everyone at Fanuc is very motivated and focused on designing the hardware and software that make our products easy to learn and use for all manufacturers, including the practical application of IIoT technologies.”
Fanuc says it is helping to address the critical challenge caused by a shortage of skilled workers, and help change the perceptions of careers in manufacturing. Its Certified Education (CERT) program provides educators with a STEM-based curriculum centered on robotics and automation training. Fanuc CERT automation training aligns with industry and national certifications to prepare students for high-tech careers in manufacturing.