Tue November 28, 2017

PLASTICS Member FANUC America is on the front lines of automation technology, a fact that was on full display as the company hosted Michigan State Representative Mike Webber (R-45) last month.

FANUC is a leading manufacturer of servo motors, computer numerical controls (CNCs) and robotics. They have over 200 models of robots that are capable of payloads from .5kg to 2,300kg. The end markets for the company's products are virtually endless—applicable in the manufacturing and packaging operations of any shop floor. Most of their customers are involved in the automotive supply chain which is understandable given that their American headquarters is located just outside of Detroit, in Rochester Hills.

This was the second visit to FANUC for Rep. Mike Webber, who serves as the vice chair of the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and had visited the company years earlier while serving on the city council. His tour was facilitated by Michael Cicco, FANUC president and CEO, and Mick Estes, general manager of authorized systems integrator sales and corporate marketing and education. Together, Cicco and Estes walked Webber through their impressive demonstration exhibit that included interactive equipment. The facility also performs some manufacturing and houses training stations for each of their machines that customers can utilize.

FANUC is investing greatly in the future of its workforce by regularly hosting plant tours—including one on the same day as Webber's visit. FANUC also sells equipment and curriculum to STEM programs across the country to introduce students to the work they do. Additionally, FANUC offers certified courses in robotics and advanced automation designed to give students the required knowledge and hands on experience to enter the workforce, go on to community college or pursue engineering degrees at universities. These programs will help build Michigan manufacturers' pool of educated and professionally skilled workers.

President and CEO Michael Cicco (left) guides Rep. Webber through their robotics’ interactive technology.

President and CEO Michael Cicco (left) walks Rep. Webber through the showroom, and demonstrates FANUC’s equipment capabilities.