Fanuc Robotics America (Rochester Hills, Michigan) has sold its 100,000th robot in North and South America to Schneider Packaging, a manufacturer of packaging equipment in Brewerton, New York. “This accomplishment underscores the fact that more companies are using robotic technology to expand their overall operations versus transferring manufacturing overseas,” says Rick Schneider, president of Fanuc Robotics America.
The robot, an M3iA, is suitable for assembly, dispensing, material handling and palletizing, picking and packing applications. It features a parallel-link structure to maintain positioning during high speed motion.
Schneider Packaging installed its first Fanuc robot in 2005. Since then, the second-generation family business has become Fanuc’s largest integrator in North America’s packing and palletizing segment, having shipped and serviced hundreds of robots during the past three years, the company says.