Fanuc America Celebrates 35 Years of Manufacturing Paint Robots

Apr 12, 2017

Fanuc America is proud to celebrate 35 years in the manufacturing of paint robots. They supply U.S. made paint robots to the top 15 global automakers as well as agricultural, automotive, aerospace, recreational vehicles and boats, furniture, appliance, and medical devices. Fanuc's paint robots are providing improved productivity to accomplish the hazardous and labor intensive jobs.


Thir­ty-five years ago, Fanuc Amer­i­ca pro­duced its very first NC Painter, a hydraulic paint robot, using key com­po­nents from the par­ent com­pa­ny, Fanuc COR­PO­RA­TION in Japan. As a sub­sidiary of Fanuc COR­PO­RA­TION in Japan, Fanuc Amer­i­ca is proud to extend the pro­vi­sions for indus­try-lead­ing robot­ics, CNC sys­tems, and fac­to­ry automa­tion to the Americas. 

Dur­ing the past 35 years, Fanuc Amer­i­ca remains glob­al­ly respon­si­ble for all paint robots and door open­ers of the Fanuc robot line­up. These robots have been suc­cess­ful­ly sold to hap­py cus­tomers in a wide range of indus­tries such as agri­cul­tur­al, auto­mo­tive, aero­space, recre­ation­al vehi­cles and boats, fur­ni­ture, appli­ance, and med­ical devices. 

This is a major mile­stone in the Unit­ed State’s robot­ics indus­try so it goes with­out say­ing, a cel­e­bra­tion is in order! Fanuc robot­ics is proud to cel­e­brate the 35th anniver­sary for con­tin­u­ing to suc­cess­ful­ly man­u­fac­ture their line of paint­ing robots at their head­quar­ters in Rochester Hills, Michi­gan. Fur­ther­more, Fanuc Amer­i­ca is the proud sup­pli­er of its U.S.-made paint robots to all of the top 15 glob­al automak­ers ranked by the Inter­na­tion­al Orga­ni­za­tion of Motor Vehi­cle Man­u­fac­tur­ers (OICA).

Mike Cic­co, the com­pa­ny Pres­i­dent stat­ed, We have ded­i­cat­ed our­selves to 35 years of prod­uct inno­va­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing effi­cien­cies to pro­vide our cus­tomers with the high­est qual­i­ty paint robots that we design, assem­ble, and inte­grate here in the U.S. and export to cus­tomers around the world. Through­out 2017, we will be tak­ing a look at where we start­ed, what we have achieved, and what our plans are for the future.”

They couldn’t have had the suc­cess with­out the Unit­ed States based prod­uct devel­op­ment team. The Vice Pres­i­dent of Paint Shop Automa­tion for Fanuc Amer­i­ca, Jon Karr, says, Hav­ing an exten­sive group of local experts to pro­vide soft­ware, prod­uct design, assem­bly, and inte­gra­tion of our paint robots allows us to react quick­ly to cus­tomer needs.”

As one of the industry’s largest teams, with hun­dreds of years of accu­mu­lat­ed engi­neer­ing expe­ri­ence, this team has worked hard to design and imple­ment a wide range of mechan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, process, and soft­ware prod­ucts. Zero Down Time (ZDT) is a great exam­ple. ZDT is a cloud-based appli­ca­tion that ana­lyzes data and then alerts cus­tomers of poten­tial issues that need to be addressed before unex­pect­ed down­time occurs. There are cur­rent­ly over 800 paint robots using ZDT analytics.

Fanuc America’s new paint robots are all ZDT-ready. This appli­ca­tion helps them mon­i­tor a wide range of func­tions includ­ing dri­ve health, paint process reg­u­la­tors, paint can­is­ters, and spray appli­ca­tors. ZDT also serves as a main­te­nance reminder for customer’s and informs them when they need to inspect and/​or replace items that are worn out.

Fanuc America’s paint robots have answered the call for the robot that can tack­le an ergonom­i­cal­ly chal­leng­ing, haz­ardous, and labor inten­sive job. Con­se­quent­ly, Karr states that We’re see­ing a sig­nif­i­cant increase in paint robot sales to non-auto­mo­tive cus­tomers both domes­ti­cal­ly and abroad.”

The lat­est paint robot by Fanuc Amer­i­ca, the P‑350iA/​45, offers six axes and is Class 1, Divi­sion 1 approved for oper­a­tion in haz­ardous envi­ron­ments. This robot was designed for a vari­ety of appli­ca­tions includ­ing paint­ing, coat­ing, sand­ing, and wash­ing and all of these attrib­ut­es were debuted by the P‑350iA/​45 at the 2017 Auto­mate Show in Chicago. 

Fanuc has always impressed with their inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies and proven exper­tise to help man­u­fac­tur­ers in the Amer­i­c­as real­ly increase effi­cien­cy, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and prof­itabil­i­ty. Fur­ther­more, Fanuc lives in a cul­ture of Ser­vice First” which reflects their belief in putting cus­tomer ser­vice among their high­est pri­or­i­ty. Our rep­re­sen­ta­tives are here to answer any ques­tions you may have about Fanuc prod­ucts. Con­tact our experts today online or at 8777626881.

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