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FANUC to Build Factory of the Future Using NVIDIA AI Platform
Leaders in Factory Automation and AI Computing Partner to Advance AI for Manufacturing

October 5th, 2016

TOKYO — GTC Japan — Oct. 5, 2016 — NVIDIA and FANUC Corporation today announced a collaboration to implement artificial intelligence on the FANUC Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (FIELD) system, to increase robotics productivity and bring new capabilities to automated factories worldwide.

Adding AI to the FIELD system will give robots the ability to teach themselves to do tasks faster and more efficiently. By learning together, what used to take a single robot 8 hours can now be done by eight robots in an hour.

“The age of AI is here,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA.‎ “GPU deep learning ignited this new wave of computing where software learns and machines reason. One of the most exciting creations will be intelligent robots that can understand their environment and interact with people. NVIDIA is delighted to partner with FANUC, the world leader of industrial robotics, to realize a future where intelligent machines accelerate the advancement of humanity.”

Building the factory of the future will have wide-ranging impact. The International Federation of Robotics predicts the deployment of industrial robots will increase to around 2.6 million units worldwide by 2019 - up from 1 million in 2015. These robots are central to the global manufacturing process used to make everything from cars to mobile phones.

“Advances in artificial intelligence will allow robots to watch, learn, and improve their capabilities,” said Kiyonori Inaba, Member of the Board, Executive Managing Officer and General Manager of FANUC. “Deep learning will also cut down the time-consuming programming of robot behavior. We are thrilled to be advancing the robotics revolution with NVIDIA.”

The breakthrough that is enabling AI manufacturing is GPU-accelerated deep learning. FANUC will use a range of NVIDIA GPUs and deep learning software to enable AI in the cloud, the data center and embedded within devices.

These next-generation capabilities will include:

  • Deep learning robot training with NVIDIA GPUs
  • GPU-accelerated AI inference in FANUC Fog units used to drive robots and machines
  • Embedded systems for robots to do inference locally


About FIELD system

FIELD system is a platform to improve factory production and efficiency with advanced artificial intelligence. By combining artificial intelligence and edge computing technology, the FIELD system processes the edge-heavy sensor data collected from various machines to make the machines intelligently and flexibly collaborate to achieve advanced manufacturing capabilities.