Witnessing a recent shift in demand for larger test stands with more capabilities, EMEC-Prototyping decided it was time to on-board a new supplier of drive and control products.
“For us, the biggest challenge was creating a single large test platform that could meet different market demands: principally using standard components, but sufficiently scalable to meet all customer requests,” explains Dr René Beckert, Managing Director of EMEC-Prototyping.
To help fulfil this ambition, the company wanted to find a supplier that could offer drives with a number of important characteristics, including ease-of-use, flexibility, performance, reliability and, importantly, wide availability. The perfect candidate arrived in the shape of FANUC.Since 2022, EMEC-Prototyping has been successfully using a range of FANUC’s high-quality, ultra-reliable automation solutions, including servo motors, servo amplifiers, power supply modules, servo adapters and industrial PCs.
“Among the advantages of FANUC products is the software platform, which can handle small to very large drives,” says Beckert. “The software is also much easier to program in a scalable way, something we previously found absent with other software packages. As a further point of note, FANUC drives help us feed energy back into the grid.”
Gerold Münzberg, Team Leader Software & Electronics at EMEC-Prototyping, adds: “FANUC was the only supplier who could help us in a phase when global supply chain issues were impacting on industry. Due to the nature of our projects we cannot tolerate poor availability, but FANUC kept their word: the delivery date matched their initial promises. Furthermore, FANUC trained and supported us in a professional way, responding very quickly to any queries.”
Following a highly successful trial, FANUC drive and control solutions are now standard at EMEC-Prototyping. Importantly, thesmart FANUC drive concept is compatiblewith any third-party CNC or PLC, and offers various interface options, including EtherCAT and POWERLINK.
“In the future, we will use only FANUC for our larger test bench projects,” concludes Beckert. “We selected our previous suppliers because we were focussing on smaller test stands at the time. This has changed, so we now rely on a supplier who can offer significantly higher performance drives.”