Fanuc casts its net to capture auto, packaging applications


By its own admission, Fanuc (At the Foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan) traditionally focuses on high precision, high added value applications centered on the electronics sector but at the recent IPF show, two machine exhibits hinted of aspirations to play a greater role in other sectors.

A 100-tonne Roboshot S-2000i100B injection press operating on the show floor was molding PBT connectors in what Fanuc described as a demonstration of lower running cost and energy saving for the cost-sensitive auto sector. "We wanted to show that leveraging our experience in energy recovery [from servomotor operation], our all-electric injection machines can operate 10-15% more efficiently compared with other all-electric machines," says Fanuc Senior Development Engineering Satoshi Takatsugi.
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