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Rockwell Automation And FANUC America Collaborate On Integrated CNC and Programmable Automation Controller Environments


September 27, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Located in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, IL, FANUC FA America Corporation–the largest CNC organization in the Americas–and the Milwauke, WI-based Rockwell Automation Inc., the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation solutions–recently announced a collaborative effort to offer closer integration between CNC and programmable automation controller (PAC) environments. The effort will result in the ability for both companies to deliver integrated automation solutions to key vertical market segments, such as automotive and aerospace.

The two companies will work together on connectivity between their respective controller platforms through open communication technologies, such as the EtherNet/IP and FL Net protocols. End-users and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) will benefit from reduced integration costs, improved synchronization between platforms and transparent data access across the manufacturing enterprise. 

“This announcement is an important step to furthering FANUC FA America’s strategy to focus on what we do best, which is the sales and support of FANUC’s world class CNCs, while working towards more flexible open interfaces to complementary automation systems,” says Tomoaki Ishibe, president, FANUC FA America. “Working with Rockwell Automation here in the Americas is a natural fit, given their industry leadership in programmable automation controllers and our shared customer base.” 

Both companies cite customer demand for integrated solutions based on open platforms as a key driver in the collaborative effort. 

“Our mutual customers need visibility into their manufacturing assets in order to help make more informed decisions and stay competitive,” said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice-president of Architecture and Software, Rockwell Automation. “Integrating FANUC’s world-class CNC systems with the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system further strengthens our two companies’ ability to help customers achieve plant wide optimization.”

Initial emphasis of the collaboration will be placed on developing, deploying and promoting integration technologies that simplify customers’ applications and improve the performance of industrial automation systems where both CNCs and PACs are used. The two companies will jointly document integration methods, quantify integration savings and work with joint customers to solve their application challenges, leveraging a fully integrated CNC and PAC platform.

For more information on FANUC–who on September 1, 2010, officially changed its name from FANUC CNC America Corporation to FANUC FA America Corporation, visit www.fanucamerica.com.

For more information on Rockwell Automation, see  www.rockwellautomation.com.