FANUC UK, a specialist in factory automation and injection molding, offers visitors to Plastics Live 2022 a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of its UK headquarters, including its new in-house acceptance testing facility factory (FAT).
Located minutes from the Coventry Building Society Arena and accessible via a free shuttle bus departing every hour, the tour of FANUC headquarters will also include tours of the company’s workshop and demo area. Meanwhile, at the event itself, FANUC will be co-locating at booth B13 with its plastics strategic partner and systems integrator, Hi-Tech Automation. The two companies are about to introduce the CRX-10iA collaborative robot and the LR-MATE – FANUC’s most adept 6-axis robot – which will simulate servicing an injection molding machine.
Launching in June 2022, FANUC’s dedicated FAT unit will be open to the public for the very first time during Plastics Live. Built with ultra-hygienic cleanroom materials and covering a total area of over 200m2, the facility was developed in response to growing customer demand for FANUC’s process validation and robotic integration expertise. .
“Due to increasing global supply chain issues, we have noticed that many of our customers are bringing their manufacturing processes back to the UK, after years of relying on production capabilities in the Far East, Asia or in Eastern Europe,” says Dave Raine, FANUC’s ROBOSHOT Manager for UK & Ireland, who will be participating in the Big 5 roundtable on the second day of the show. “However, after having outsourced their manufacturing for so long, many have failed to retain staff members with the process validation, project management, technical compliance and robotic integration skills needed to perform testing of in-house factory acceptance when purchasing a new injection molding machine. This situation is further aggravated by the post-Covid labor crisis the industry is currently facing. Without the required skills, manufacturers of plastics run the risk of extended downtime and poorly specified machines, both of which can have a serious impact on their bottom line.In response, we have developed our own dedicated on-site FAT facility specifically for our injection molding customers Here they can take advantage of our best-in-class validation and certification expertise, knowing their machine will perform. exactly as required and to the necessary industry standards, upon delivery to their factory.
With a free shuttle bus running hourly from Plastics Live to FANUC’s Coventry headquarters, visitors can also enjoy the chance to see equipment being built, with a full access pass to the company workshop area. In addition, the tour will include live demonstrations of leading injection molding machines, including the all-electric ROBOSHOT range, and state-of-the-art automation solutions from FANUC.
One such example is the CRX–The 10iA cobot, which will also simulate the maintenance of a ROBOSHOT injection molding machine in collaboration with the LR-MATE live on stand B13 at Plastics Live. Supported by FANUC’s leading systems integrator partner, Hi-Tech Automation, representatives from both companies will be on hand to share with visitors the ease of customization of robotic solutions and the various configurations available to plastics manufacturers.