Fanuc Robot History

Nov 29, 2017

Fanuc robots began in 1956 and has continued to grow, becoming a leader in the industrial robotic world. Fanuc offers a wide range of robots to help accomplish all different types of applications, bringing greater efficiency on production lines across the globe. Contact experts today to get started with your Fanuc robot integration.

Fanuc Robot history

Since its incep­tion in 1956, Fanuc (Fuji Auto­mat­ic Numer­i­cal Control) robot­ics has con­tin­ued to meet glob­al demands and inno­vate their tech­nolo­gies time and time again. They have suc­cess­ful­ly grown into one of the largest mak­ers of indus­tri­al robots in the world.

1956 — The first NC in the Japan­ese pri­vate sec­tor was devel­oped successfully.

1958 — The first com­mer­cial Fanuc NC was shipped to Maki­no Milling Machine Co., Ltd.

1959 — The first con­tin­u­ous path NC in Japan was devel­oped. The first elec­tro-hydraulic pulse motor was devel­oped. It was the most impor­tant com­po­nent for Fanuc’s open loop sys­tems, form­ing the basis for Fanuc’s progress and leap, as the Japan­ese NC machine tool indus­try made a rapid growth.

1960 - The first open loop NC, Fanuc 220 was devel­oped. The NC devel­op­ment in Japan focused first on the Con­tour­ing Con­trol” rather than Posi­tion­ing Con­trol”. This was because of cheap labor costs at that time in Japan, which made it more sen­si­ble to auto­mate com­plex shape machin­ing by milling machines, rather than to auto­mate machin­ing by drilling machines.

1972 - FUJIT­SU Fanuc LTD was found­ed and became inde­pen­dent from FUJIT­SU LIM­IT­ED. CNC was intro­duced. NC drill was developed.

1974 - Indus­tri­al robots were devel­oped and installed in our fac­to­ry. Dr. Ina­ba, Pres­i­dent of Fanuc was reward­ed with the 6th Annu­al Memo­r­i­al Award of Joseph Marie Jacquard” by the Amer­i­can NC Soci­ety. The pro­duc­tion and sale of DC ser­vo motors were start­ed under GET­TYS MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING CO., INC license.

1976 - GEN­ER­AL NUMER­IC COR­PO­RA­TION was joint­ly estab­lished in the U.S.A. by Fanuc and Siemens A.G.

1979 - Fanuc SYS­TEM 6 was the first CNC in the world that fea­tured a large capac­i­ty Bub­ble Mem­o­ry and mul­ti­ple num­ber of cus­tom LSIs, thus sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduc­ing the num­ber of its parts, enhanc­ing its con­trol capa­bil­i­ties as well as real­iz­ing out­stand­ing reli­a­bil­i­ty and cost per­for­mance. The advent of Intel’s micro­proces­sor enabled Fanuc SYS­TEM 6 Series to use it to per­form inter­po­la­tion and trans­fer tool-posi­tion-infor­ma­tion, the data of the inter­po­la­tion, into ser­vo-error-reg­is­ter every 8ms in real time.

1982 - Fanuc MECHA­TRON­ICS S.A. was estab­lished in the Grand Duchy of Lux­em­bourg. The Tech­ni­cal Train­ing Cen­ter was opened. GM Fanuc Robot­ics Cor­po­ra­tion was joint­ly estab­lished in the U.S.A. by Fanuc and Gen­er­al Motors. On July 1, the cor­po­rate name was changed from FUJIT­SU Fanuc LTD to Fanuc LTD. Fanuc AC ser­vo motor was devel­oped. The Motor Fac­to­ry was completed.

1983 - 600 Fanuc ROBOT­ICS LIM­IT­ED was joint­ly estab­lished in the U.K. by Fanuc and The 600GROUP PLC.

1984 - Upon com­ple­tion of the new Head Office, the CNC Fac­to­ry, the Injec­tion Mold­ing Machine Fac­to­ry and the Basic Research Lab­o­ra­to­ry at the foot of Mt. Fuji, the Head­quar­ters was transf­fered from Hino City, Tokyo. The ful­ly elec­tric plas­tic injec­tion mold­ing machine, Fanuc AUTOSHOT, was developed.

1985 — With an increase in NC equipped machine tools, the demand for low cost CNCs expand­ed. In 1985, Fanuc devel­oped a low cost CNC, Fanuc Series 0 for a large-vol­ume low-end machine tool mar­ket. The Fanuc Series 0 was based on the tech­nolo­gies used in the Fanuc Series 6, espe­cial­ly its estab­lished and reli­able soft­ware assets. The C mod­el in the Series 0 fea­tured high-speed com­pu­ta­tion and func­tion­al enhance­ments with its upgrad­ed 32-bit microprocessors.

1986 — The Cen­tral Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter, the Robot Assem­bly Fac­to­ry and the Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry were con­struct­ed in the Head­quar­ters area. GE Fanuc Automa­tion Cor­po­ra­tion was joint­ly estabished in the U.S.A. by Fanuc and Gen­er­al Elec­tric. Under the new JV com­pa­ny, three oper­at­ing com­pa­nies, i.e., GE Fanuc Automa­tion North Amer­i­ca, Inc. in the U.S.A., GE Fanuc Automa­tion Europe S.A. in Lux­em­bourg and Fanuc GE Automa­tion Asia Ltd. in Japan were estab­lished. The Asian com­pa­ny was estab­lished in 1987.

1992 — Fanuc Robot School was estab­lished. GM Fanuc Robot­ics Cor­po­ra­tion was restruc­tured to Fanuc’s whol­ly owned share hold­ing com­pa­ny, Fanuc Robot­ics Cor­po­ra­tion, togeth­er with its sub­sidiaries, Fanuc Robot­ics North Amer­i­ca, Inc. and Fanuc Robot­ics Europe GmbH. A Pro­to­type of the intel­li­gent robot was built.

1995 — An intel­li­gent mini-robot assem­bly was auto­mat­ed by a pro­duc­tion prototype.

1997 — The new Ser­vo Motor Fac­to­ry was con­struct­ed. The fac­to­ry fea­tures robo­t­i­za­tion” which max­i­mizes its over­all oper­a­tion hours to include night time and hol­i­days, in addi­tion to nor­mal work­ing hours. The longer oper­a­tion hours result in low­er unit costs, enabling us to pro­duce high­ly com­pet­i­tive ser­vo and spin­dle motors. Work process is robo­t­ized” when­ev­er and wher­ev­er pos­si­ble, to con­stant­ly pro­duce high qual­i­ty motors and reduce lead time.

1999 — An intel­li­gent robot was pro­duc­tized after the improvement.

2000 - The Sheet Met­al Fac­to­ry was com­plet­ed. Fanuc India Lim­it­ed was restruc­tured to Fanuc’s ful­ly owned com­pa­ny. Fanuc now holds 90% of the shares of Fanuc INDIA and GE Fanuc Automa­tion NA the remain­ing 10%. Being the major­i­ty share­hold­er, Fanuc has assumed full respon­si­bil­i­ty for the man­age­ment of Fanuc INDIA.

2001 — The new Injec­tion Mold­ing Machine Fac­to­ry was com­plet­ed. Fanuc LASER SER­VICE LTD was established.

2003 - Fanuc’s Intel­li­gent Robot was inte­grat­ed into the 3rd gen­er­a­tion unmanned machin­ing system.

2009 - Pro­duc­tion of Genkot­su Robots, which are par­al­lel linked, started.

2012 - Sub­sidiaries in Europe were reor­ga­nized into Fanuc Europe Corporation.

2013 - Sub­sidiaries in Amer­i­ca were reor­ga­nized into Fanuc Amer­i­ca Corporation.

2015- The com­pa­ny was proud this year as they reached a robot vol­ume of 400,000 units. Addi­tion­al­ly, the high­ly advanced Col­lab­o­ra­tive Robot, CR-35iA, was devel­oped, with a high pay­load and soft cov­er to avoid pinch points. Final­ly, more to cel­e­brate, FIBER LASER was devel­oped and ROBO­DRILL vol­ume reached 200,000 units.

2016- ROBOSHOT vol­ume reached 50,000 units, CNC vol­ume reached 3,600,000 units, and the Mibu Fac­to­ry was constructed. 

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