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Expanded Partnership Produces "Plug-and-Play" Automation to Benefit the Automotive Industry

FANUC CORPORATION and Rockwell Automation have expanded their initial collaboration, started four years ago, in the CNC and Logix programmable automation controller (Logix PAC) environments with further integration of robotics, ROBOMACHINEs and enterprise software products.

The effort will have an initial impact on applications in the automotive industry, where customers can experience benefits of a preferred integration plug-and-play automation and information solution.

"FANUC had already been offering flexible open interfaces to complementary automation systems globally. However, FANUC and Rockwell Automation together agree that our globally shared customer base wants a completely integrated automation solution. So, I am proud to announce this advanced global collaboration with Rockwell Automation that allows us to offer a preferred integration solution to our customers around the world," states Dr. Eng. Yoshiharu Inaba, President and CEO of FANUC CORPORATION.

Rockwell Automation chairman and CEO Keith D. Nosbusch stated, "The global collaboration between Rockwell Automation and FANUC is a direct response to our customers' needs for more effective integration across manufacturing disciplines. Integrating FANUC CNC, robot and ROBOMACHINE portfolios with our integrated control and information solutions will result in better manufacturing agility, to help customers achieve a secure connected enterprise."

The benefits of the collaboration include simplified architectures, faster startups, improved synchronization between platforms, lower maintenance, improved productivity and transparent data access across the entire connected manufacturing enterprise.

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