Rockwell Automation and FANUC Work Together to Optimize Manufacturing Production

Nov. 30, 2015
Rockwell Automation and FANUC are collaborating on several new initiatives to help customers realize unprecedented productivity gains. Full article brought to you by Rockwell Automation. Visit The Connected Enterprise for more.  

As manufacturing companies aspire to drive tangible value from the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), they look to streamline and integrate processes as one of the most efficient steps to achieve an IoT-ready production and supply network. Rockwell Automation and FANUC are collaborating on several new initiatives to help customers realize unprecedented productivity gains.

At the Automation Fair event from Rockwell Automation this week, FANUC America, the leading producer of CNCs, robots and ROBOMACHINES, and Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE:ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information solutions, demonstrate the latest technologies for secure remote monitoring and safety aggregation to reduce downtime and boost plant-floor productivity.

“Industrial IoT technologies are delivering on the promise of enabling operators to have access to the timely, contextualized information they need in order to prevent downtime,” said Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Rockwell Automation. “Working with FANUC, we can help customers gain access to the data that previously was either unavailable or trapped in their operations. This data is drawn from smart industrial assets, and then contextualized and delivered with actionable information related to asset health, performance and energy usage.”

Major strides have been made in monitoring and managing remote assets to further extend The Connected Enterprise. This knowledge, combined with a secure network infrastructure provided by Rockwell Automation and Cisco, can help customers achieve their productivity and optimization goals.  

“Companies are continuously searching out the latest manufacturing technologies that will help them drive future growth, innovation and profitability,” said Rick Schneider, president and CEO, FANUC America. “In the future, products such as Zero Downtime (ZDT), a cloud-based application, could virtually eliminate unexpected production downtime.”

The two companies will demonstrate enhanced integrated capabilities at the Automation Fair event including the following.

  • ZDT from FANUC demonstrates how cloud-based data analysis can predict and prevent unexpected downtime from automation equipment in a connected infrastructure built upon Cisco and Rockwell Automation products: visit FANUC Booth 1351 and Rockwell Automation Connected Enterprise Booth 945.
  • Live production data from FANUC robots and ROBOMACHINES, and an Allen-Bradley GuardLogix programmable automation controller (PAC) will be displayed on local HMIs powered by FactoryTalk View from Rockwell Automation: visit FANUC Booth 1351.
  • The CR-35iA Collaborative green robot and fenceless safety utilizes Allen-Bradley Guardmaster scanners: visit FANUC Booth 1351 and Rockwell Automation Safety Solutions Booth 400.
  • A powertrain demo showcasing integrated Rockwell Automation PACs with FANUC CNC and robots highlights the safety signature aggregation capability, which enables EtherNet/IP to collect safety signatures from controllers and send alerts when a specific asset requires attention: visit Industrial IP Advantage Booth 1340.

These developments build on the initial collaboration between FANUC and Rockwell Automation, starting four years ago, in the CNC and Logix PAC environments.

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