The automation specialist and industrial robot manufacturer FANUC supports Volkswagen in the expansion of future-oriented drive technologies. The company is supplying a total of around 1,400 robots to the VW plants in Emden, Germany, and Chattanooga, USA. The FANUC robots will be used in body shop and battery production. «The demands on robot technology have changed due to the construction of electric vehicles,» says Ralf Winkelmann, Managing Director of FANUC Deutschland GmbH. «Thanks to our wide range of products, we can react to them reliably and flexibly.»
The VW site in Emden is currently being transformed into one of the most modern locations in the automotive industry. From 2022, more than 800 FANUC robots will produce a new generation of VW e-vehicles there. The plant in Chattanooga will be expanded to become the center of VW’s production of e-vehicles in North America. Starting in 2022, Chattanooga will employ approximately 600 additional FANUC robots.
FANUC, headquartered on the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan, has been based in Europe for over 40 years. Worldwide, the company offers a maintenance and spare parts service for all FANUC products for an unlimited period of time. «With this service and spare parts promise, we convince customers who rely on flexible and at the same time sustainable automation solutions,» says Winkelmann, Managing Director for Germany. «Our customers can thus rely on their production running reliably when using all our products».
In order to keep its unusual, product life-long service promise, FANUC maintains numerous branches in Europe, a 40,000 square meter goods and spare parts warehouse and a highly professional maintenance and repair service. In Germany, FANUC service personnel even go out at night to repair robots immediately in an emergency. Worldwide, the company is the leading supplier of CNC controls and industrial robots with a decade long experience in automating assembly lines. FANUC offers more than 100 robot models, including seven collaborative models. Milling, wire EDM, Injection Molding machines and Lasers are also part of the product portfolio.
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