FANUC is to host its first ever Manufacturing, Automation, and Digital Transformation Open House to answer the burgeoning questions on automation in UK manufacturing
Taking place at its state-of-the-art UK headquarters near Coventry on 29-31 October 2019, the event is open to UK industry to understand how automation can improve productivity across manufacturing.
Displaying a number of demonstrations, as well as hosting industry debate, manufacturers can sign up to attend the event via the FANUC website.
Recent figures suggest that UK automation is currently falling behind other leading manufacturing nations, which is having an impact on its ability to keep pace in terms of productivity. To illustrate the point: there are just 71 industrial robots per 10,000 workers in the UK, positioning it behind 14 other European countries. In contrast, Germany has 309 units, contributing to a production rate which is 30% higher per hour than the UKs.
Tom Bouchier, managing director of FANUK UK said: “Many in UK manufacturing remain suspicious of automation, with a common misconception being that it equates to a high up-front cost. However, automation solutions are accessible to everyone – from family run subcontracting businesses, through to multi-national organisations.
“FANUC’s inaugural Open House will showcase a range of technologies, seeking to address misunderstanding within UK industry, and highlight how turning to automation can drive significant and tangible productivity.”
One area of automation which will be demonstrated is collaborative robotics (cobots). With built-in sensors and vision systems, cobots are capable of working alongside human operators in a variety of different operations. Cobots are already in use in a number of processes in the UK, across a range of industries.
FANUC’s production equipment series: the ROBODRILL, ROBOSHOT, and ROBOCUT, will also be displayed, offering visitors the chance to see these machines in action.
FANUC’s software offering will also be exhibited, including its ROBOGUIDE software, Zero Downtime (ZDT) technology, and the newly launched FIELD (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link & Drive) system.
A team of experts will also be on hand to talk visitors through how these various pieces of technology can improve factory productivity, highlighting how the manufacturing process can be optimised.
To attend FANUC’s inaugural open house event please visit: https://one.fanuc.eu/fanucoh2019