Collaboration announced

Companies to jointly develop integrated automation solutions for key vertical markets

About a year ago we reported that GE Fanuc was to split after 23 years into GE Industrial Platforms and Fanuc. Now we have news of an agreement between Fanuc & Rockwell.

FANUC FA America, which is the largest CNC organization in the Americas, and Rockwell Automation are to form a collaborative effort to offer closer integration between CNC and programmable automation controller (PAC) environments. The effort will result in the ability for both companies to deliver integrated automation solutions to key vertical market segments, such as automotive and aerospace.

The two companies will work together on connectivity between their respective controller platforms through open communication technologies, such as the EtherNet/IP and FL Net protocols. End-users and OEMs will benefit from reduced integration costs, improved synchronization between platforms and transparent data access across the manufacturing enterprise.

“This announcement is an important step to furthering FANUC FA America’s strategy to focus on what we do best, which is the sales and support of FANUC’s world class CNCs, while working towards more flexible open interfaces to complementary automation systems,” said Tomoaki Ishibe, president, FANUC FA America. “Working with Rockwell Automation here in the Americas is a natural fit, given their industry leadership in programmable automation controllers and our shared customer base.”

Both companies cite customer demand for integrated solutions based on open platforms as a key driver in the collaborative effort.

“Our mutual customers need visibility into their manufacturing assets in order to help make more informed decisions and stay competitive,” said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice president of Architecture and Software, Rockwell Automation. 

Initial emphasis of the collaboration will be placed on developing, deploying and promoting integration technologies that simplify customers’ applications and improve the performance of industrial automation systems where both CNCs and PACs are used. The two companies will jointly document integration methods, quantify integration savings and work with joint customers to solve their application challenges, leveraging a fully integrated CNC and PAC platform.

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