June 27, 2022
FANUC UK offers visitors to Plastics Live 2022 a unique opportunity to experience a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes tour of its UK headquarters, including its new in-house Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) facility.
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 system 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 is only compounded by the post-Covid labor crisis the industry is currently facing. Without the required skills, plastics manufacturers run the risk of extended downtime and poorly specified machinery, which can both have a serious impact on their results.
“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 that 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. Additionally, the tour will include live demonstrations of leading injection molding machines, including the all-electric ROBOSHOT range, and automation solutions from FANUC.
One such example is the CRX-10iA cobot, which will also simulate the maintenance of a ROBOSHOT injection molding machine in conjunction with the live LR-MATE at booth 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.
To book your FREE visit to FANUC Headquarters, including transport to and from Plastics Live, contact [email protected] or visit stand B13, Plastics Live 2022, 5-6 July, Coventry Building Society Arena.