- Products applied with CNCs and servos, FANUC’s basic products
- Top-level global market shares (FANUC estimate)
FANUC exclusively targets industrial robots, instead of service, medical, or entertainment robots. We concentrate on helping customers automate or robotize their factories and contributing to improved productivity. Our industrial robots, which include types for welding, material handling (transportation of articles), assembly, and painting, according to application, are used in wide-ranging industries, including automotive, electronic parts, logistics, food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. FANUC’s industrial robots are general-purpose robots and used in many industry sectors.
Value Created by ROBOT Business
Robots help solve a variety of issues society is facing. Robots, which perform strenuous work as programmed even under harsh environment, release workers from dangerous, dirty, and difficult jobs. Robots can also improve productivity and reduce night shift for workers as they can perform precise work over a long time at a certain speed, even at night. COVID-19 outbreaks occurred in 2020. In such a time, robots can help protect health and safety of people by substituting some workers to allow them to avoid the “Three Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, close-contact settings). Introducing Zero Down Time (ZDT), a maintenance and diagnosis function using IoT, can service robots before they break down, helping to avoid extended suspension of a production line just because of trouble in a single robot. Robots thus not only promote automation and robotization of factories and contribute to improved productivity but also help improve work environment, ultimately achieving improved productivity in labor-intensive industries through technology, a target of SDGs.
Robots for a new age
The market of “collaborative robots,” which can work alongside human workers, is growing. As collaborative robots automatically stop safely when touched by humans, they do not require safety fences. By assisting work alongside human workers, operators can avoid strenuous work and workers whose physical power is weak can work safely. The CRX series, light-weight collaborative robots FANUC announced in December 2019, are a new type of collaborative robots developed to achieve thorough ease of use for customers. As these products are light, you can carry and install them without using a crane. The manual guided teaching feature that allows users to directly move the arm by hands enables intuitive robot operation. Users can design teaching programs in a smartphone-like operation, using drag-and-drop operation on a tablet device they are familiar with. The robots, designed with an aim to create an appearance that coexists with humans, make workers feel safe. They are robots for a new age, equipped with a safety feature that stops itself when touched and maintenance-free, high reliability.
Targeting Expanding Robot Market
According to statistics by the International Federation of Robotics, the number of industrial robots in operation has increased year by year and is expected to continue to grow. FANUC develops robots that can help solve issues faced by society and as measures to improve productivity of customers’ factories and address decreases in working population and highly skilled workers.
“FANUC Robot R-2000iD/210FH,” a product with cables integrated into its arm and featuring a good balance between design and function, won “2019 Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Best 10 New Products Award/Main Award” and “Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun Award for Excellence in the 2019 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards.”
Areas of contribution to environmental/social issues
- Measures to address decreases in working population and highly skilled engineers
- Improvement of work environment in customers' factories
- Improvement of customers' productivity
- Energy saving in customers' factories
- Waste reduction and effective use of resources in customers' factories
Sales of ROBOT business