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FANUC Corporation
Type Public KK
Traded as TYO: 6954
TOPIX 100 Component
Nikkei 225 Component
Industry
Founded (1958 (1958))[1]
Founder(s) Seiuemon Inaba, Dr. Eng.[1]
Headquarters Oshino-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan 35°26′43.8″N 138°50′34.1″E / 35.445500°N 138.842806°E / 35.445500; 138.842806Coordinates: 35°26′43.8″N 138°50′34.1″E / 35.445500°N 138.842806°E / 35.445500; 138.842806
Area served Worldwide
Key people Dr. Eng. Seiuemon Inaba (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Eng. Yoshiharu Inaba (President & CEO)
Products
Revenue

$ 5.302 billion USD (FY 2012)

(¥ 498.395 billion JPY) (FY 2012)
Operating income

$ 1.966 billion USD (FY 2012)

(¥ 184.821 billion JPY) (FY 2012)
Profit

$ 1.281 billion USD (FY 2012)

(¥ 120.484 billion JPY) (FY 2012)
Employees 5,261 (consolidated) (as of December 2013)
Website Official website
References: [1][2][3]
FANUC Tsukuba branch

FANUC (/ˈfænʊk/; often styled Fanuc) is a group of companies, principally FANUC Corporation (ファナック株式会社 Fanakku Kabushikigaisha?) of Japan, Fanuc America Corporation of Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA, and FANUC Robotics Europe SA of Luxembourg, that provide automation products and services such as robotics and computer numerical control systems. FANUC is one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world. It is part of the Furukawa Group.[citation needed] FANUC had its beginnings as part of Fujitsu developing early numerical control (NC) and servo systems. The company name is an acronym for Factory automation numerical control.[4]

In 1972, the Computing Control Division became independent and FANUC Ltd was established.[5]

FANUC is listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the TOPIX 100[6] and Nikkei 225[7] stock market indices. It is headquartered in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The company's clients include US and Japanese automobile and electronics manufacturers.[which?] Use of industrial robots has allowed companies like Panasonic in Amagasaki to run factories which produce 2 million television sets a month (mostly high end plasma LCD screens including a 103 inch model) with just 25 people.[8]

FANUC has joint ventures, subsidiaries, and sales offices on 5 continents and over 22 countries.[citation needed] It is one of the largest makers of CNC controls by market share[citation needed] and is the leading global manufacturer of factory automation systems.[9]

Subsidiaries and joint ventures[edit]

FANUC Robotics Europe S.A., a sister company, is headquartered in Luxembourg, with customers in Europe, and which provides sales, service and support in Europe and abroad.

FANUC America Corporation is responsible for FANUC operations in North and South America. The current incarnation, organized in 2013, unifies FANUC activities in the Americas, including the former FANUC Robotics America Corporation (1992-2013) and FANUC CNC America (2010-2013), which succeeded an earlier incarnation of FANUC America Corporation.

FANUC Robotics America Corporation (1992-2013) supplied robotic automation in North and South America, with over 240,000 robots installed. It also produced software, controls, and vision products that aid in the development of robotic systems. Headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan, the company had 10 regional locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. The company provided these systems for applications including automotive and fabricated metals to medical devices and plastics. It was founded in 1982 as a joint venture between FANUC Ltd and General Motors Corporation, named GMFanuc Robotics Corporation. A staff of 70 began work at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. In 1992, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd of Oshino-mura, Japan. The company was a member of the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

In 2010, FANUC America Corporation and the prior CNC business unit from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms in the US were combined into a new company by the name of FANUC CNC America. This business unit was a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd. of Japan and offered CNC systems, lasers, Manufacturing Intelligence software products, field repairs and advanced technical services, expanded training classes, a vast inventory of CNC replacement parts, PCB motor repair and return, field support, and CS-24 after hours support. It was headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. It offered CNC and laser technical services, training, replacement parts, PCB and motor repair and return, field support, and after hours support. It had over 30 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The company provides these services to machine tool builders, machine tool dealers, and small mom and pop tool shops across a variety of industries. In 1977, the company was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of FANUC Ltd of Oshino-mura, Japan.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (1986-2010) was a joint venture between General Electric and FANUC Ltd. In 2009, GE and FANUC Ltd. agreed to split, with FANUC Ltd. retaining the CNC business. GE renamed its part of the business GE Intelligent Platforms.[10][11][12]

FANUC NC controllers[edit]

Control / device naming conventions[edit]

Each generation of FANUC numerical control system has different levels of device control capabilities, and these are generally referred to by a model or series number.

Each controller model is typically available with several device control capabilities, depending on what software functions are licensed for use on that device. Some common control capabilities are:

  • M - Milling
  • T - Turning (lathe)
  • TT - Twin Turret
  • P - Punch press
  • G - Grinding

Within each model name, there can also be generational updates for each model, usually indicated by a trailing letter.

Model 0 is somewhat unusual in that both the number zero and the letter O are used interchangeably to indicate the model.

There is no specific syntax for distinguishing the model from the device type and series, with spaces or dashes or slashes, which can result in difficulty searching for information, parts, and service for this equipment. For example, in the FANUC-0 series, these are all valid identifications for various types of NC controls and machines:[13]

Various model names Type Series Notes
FANUC-0MA, FANUC 0-MA, FANUC 0M-A, FANUC 0M/A, FANUC 0-M-A, FANUC 0-M/A, FANUC 0 M-A, FANUC 0 M/A, FANUC-0M Model A, FANUC 0-M Model A, FANUC 0/M Model A Milling A number 0
FANUC-OPA, FANUC O-PA, FANUC OP-A, FANUC OP/A, FANUC O-P-A, FANUC O-P/A, FANUC O P-A, FANUC O P/A, FANUC-OP Model A, FANUC O-P Model A, FANUC O/P Model A Punching A letter O
FANUC-0TB, FANUC 0-TB, FANUC 0T-B, FANUC 0T/B, FANUC 0-T-B, FANUC 0-T/B, FANUC 0 T-B, FANUC 0 T/B, FANUC-0T Model B, FANUC 0-T Model B, FANUC 0/T Model B Turning B number 0
FANUC-0TTB, FANUC 0-TTB, FANUC 0TT-B, FANUC 0TT/B, FANUC 0-TT-B, FANUC 0-TT/B, FANUC 0 TT-B, FANUC 0 TT/B, FANUC-0TT Model B, FANUC 0-TT Model B, FANUC 0/TT Model B Twin Turret B number 0
FANUC-0GC, FANUC 0-GC, FANUC 0G-C, FANUC 0G/C, FANUC 0-G-C, FANUC 0-G/C, FANUC 0 G-C, FANUC 0 G/C, FANUC-0G Model C, FANUC 0-G Model C, FANUC 0/G Model C Grinding C number 0

NC controller capabilities[edit]

When separate computer aided manufacturing software is used to control these different systems, the model differences can be used to tell the manufacturing software how to more efficiently use the system programming capabilities. Some FANUC NC Controllers include:

Control name Series or version Differences and capabilities
FANUC 20 Series A  
FANUC 20 Series B  
FANUC 30 Series A  
FANUC 30 Series B  
FANUC 2000 Series A  
FANUC 3000 Series A  
There is no model 4/4000, likely because it is a Japanese unlucky number
FANUC 5 Series A  
FANUC 7 Series A  
FANUC 6 Series A  
FANUC 5 Series B  
FANUC 6 Series B  
FANUC 3    
FANUC 10    
FANUC 11    
FANUC 15    
FANUC 0 Series A, 1985-1986
FANUC 0 Series B, 1987-1989  
FANUC 0 Series C, 1990-1998  
FANUC 6    
FANUC 12    
FANUC 16i    
FANUC 18i    
FANUC 21i    
FANUC 30i[14]   First production: 2003
FANUC 31i[14]   First production: 2004
FANUC 32i[14]   First production: 2004
FANUC 160[15]    
FANUC 180[15]    

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Company Outline". FANUC Corporation. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "FANUC Corporate Profile". Google Finance. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2013". FANUC Corporation. February 6, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "FANUC Group - website". Fanucrobotics.de. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  5. ^ "FANUC's Management - Profile". FANUC Corporation. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  6. ^ "TOPIX Core30 Components". Japan Exchange Group. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Components:Nikkei Stock Average". Nikkei Inc. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ TrustedReviews.com Panasonic Press Tour Japan 2007 p2-3
  9. ^ "FANUC History". FANUC Europe Corporation. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ American Machinist, GE, Fanuc Agree to Split
  11. ^ "How Capital Investment Tax Credits Could Help Rebuild America’s Manufacturing Sector". Commonweal Institute. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  12. ^ "GE Fanuc Joint Venture Dissolved". NBC29. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  13. ^ Memex Automation - Fanuc 0 M/T Model C Serial (RS232) Connection Guide http://www.memex.ca/docs/Fanuc_Model_C_serial_RS232_Connection_Guide.pdf
  14. ^ a b c GE Fanuc (2004). "CNC Series 30i/31i/32i" (PDF). Eagle Eye CNC Routers. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  15. ^ a b Fanuc Control History NC to Fanuc CNC Systems

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