FANUC has installed a range of its technology at the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, as part of the MTC’s continued commitment to evolve its cutting-edge training and development facilities for the next generation of engineers.
The AMTC, which is located next to the MTC at Ansty Park, Coventry, will now feature six FANUC D21 ROBODRILL machining centres, complete with FANUC CNC, as well as seven educational cells, each comprising of FANUC LR Mate 200iD/4S robotic arms and easy-to-use control panels.
FANUC’s series of ROBODRILL vertical machining centres offers high quality, precision metal-cutting with a tool change time of 0.7 seconds. With a turret able to handle tools weighing up to 4kg, the ROBODRILL represents one of the fastest and strongest 5-axis CNC machining centres on the market.
The introduction of FANUC technology to the AMTC is the latest development in what has become a close working relationship between the two organisations. Apprenticeships have long been a central element of FANUC’s UK operations, and the company currently has six apprentices in training at its Ansty Park UK headquarters. As part of its relationship with the MTC, however, FANUC also welcomes AMTC apprentices to its facilities, providing further training and education, as well as exposure to the latest developments in factory automation technology.
Richard Watkins, Operations Director at the AMTC, comments: “Robotics and automation are two of the MTC’s key areas for developing the next generation of engineering talent. FANUC CNC is amongst the most popular machine tool control systems worldwide, and the company’s iconic yellow robots can be found in manufacturing facilities across all key industrial sectors.
“To be able to have access to FANUC CNC, metal-cutting and automation technology at the AMTC will be a huge asset to our apprentices, providing them with valuable opportunities to gain first-hand experience with technologies that they are likely to use throughout their career. FANUC’s focus on bridging the skills gap, as well as the company’s own apprenticeship programme, exemplifies the affinity between the two organisations, and underlines the reasons why the MTC has chosen to collaborate with the company.”
Andrew Armstrong, sales and marketing manager at FANUC UK, adds: “The UK’s manufacturing landscape is evolving at a pace not seen for decades. This is facilitated by the productivity and efficiency benefits derived from the greater connectivity and interoperability offered by manufacturing technology. Both the MTC and AMTC have been at the forefront of developing the next generation of engineers. Given FANUC’s own commitment to fostering future engineering talent, we are delighted to be able to integrate our own state-of-the-art technology into their facilities.”
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At its state-of-the-art headquarters in Ansty Park, Coventry, FANUC UK brings together world-leading capabilities in industrial robots, machine tools and plastic injection moulding machines to facilitate the complete integration of factory automation systems for UK manufacturers. FANUC UK works in partnership with FANUC Europe Corporation to provide a range of customer support services, including sales, product support, parts, repairs, and training, as well as development of bespoke engineering systems. FANUC UK is a subsidiary of FANUC Europe Corporation and employs approximately 107 staff.
FANUC is a leading global manufacturer of factory automation solutions using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems. From its international headquarters at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, FANUC specialises in the development and manufacture of factory robots and automation machinery, including wire EDM machinery (ROBOCUT), high-speed milling machinery (ROBODRILL) and injection moulding machinery (ROBOSHOT). More than 520,000 FANUC robots are currently operating worldwide.
FANUC develops and manufactures all of its components in-house, and provides lifetime parts, repairs and support to its customers. Based on more than 60 years of research, FANUC’s CNC systems allow manufacturers to maximise their productivity, while minimising downtime. All FANUC systems offer high reliability, strength, control and precision. They are also equipped with intelligent energy management systems, which provide optimum performance using the least energy possible. FANUC was founded in 1956 by Dr Seiuemon Inaba. The corporation now has more than 2000 robots working on its own lines, with more than 261 offices and more than 6,000 employees worldwide.
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