FANUC America Announces Plans for a New Michigan Facility
FANUC America plans to open a new facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to open in the fall of 2019.
FANUC America Corp., supplier of robotics, CNC systems, RoboMachines and Industrial Internet of Things solutions, has announced plans to construct a new North Campus facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, that will be used for engineering, product development, manufacturing and warehousing.
“Robotics and automation are key drivers of manufacturing competitiveness,” says Mike Cicco, president and CEO. “We’re looking forward to expanding our facilities here in Oakland County to keep pace with the growing demand for automation.”
Since 1982, the company’s line of painting robots as well as a variety of automation software products have been designed and built in Michigan. With the new building, the company’s three facilities in Michigan will total 1,155,525 square feet.
The North Campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, with an official groundbreaking ceremony to be held in the fall of 2018. The $51 million expansion, expected to create 100 jobs, received a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The location was selected over a competing location in Illinois, and the city has offered a property tax abatement valued at $3,504,000 in support of the project.
Robotic automation is transforming a job that was perhaps a machine operator’s least-favorite work assignment into one that is not a heavy lift.
Several exhibitors at the recent EMO show in Hannover, Germany, featured demonstrations of robotic arms wielding live cutting tools such as end mills or face mills. Perhaps the most dramatic demo was presented by Delcam to showcase this CAM developer’s PowerMill Robot Interface.
Programming a robot with the same CAM software used for a multi-axis machine tool makes it unnecessary to “teach” the robot by jogging it manually from point to point and recording these point-to-point moves as the robot’s motion commands. Robotmaster is a software package that provides this CAD/CAM-based, off-line programming for robots. It runs fully integrated inside Mastercam CAM software for CNC machine tools.