FANUC CNC America changes name, collaborates with Rockwell Automation

September 21, 2010

FANUC CNC America Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., has changed its name to FANUC FA America Corp. The company represents the FA (Factory Automation) division of FANUC Ltd. Japan.

Along with the name change, the company has unveiled a new corporate symbol, created to represent the three major divisions of FANUC Ltd. Japan: FA (Factory Automation), RO (Robot), and RM (RoboMachine).

The company also has announced its collaboration with Rockwell Automation to offer closer integration between CNC and programmable automation controller (PAC) environments. The companies report that the collaboration will allow both firms to deliver integrated automation systems to key vertical market segments, such as automotive and aerospace.

The two companies are working together on connectivity between their respective controller platforms through open communication technologies, such as the EtherNet/IP and FL Net protocols.

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

Initial emphasis of the collaboration is on developing, deploying, and promoting integration technologies that help simplify customers' applications and improve the performance of industrial automation systems in which both CNCs and PACs are used. The two companies are jointly documenting integration methods, quantifying integration savings, and working with joint customers to solve their application challenges, leveraging a fully integrated CNC and PAC platform.

FANUC FA America is a provider of CNC systems, including control, engineering, parts and repair, and factory automation systems. Rockwell Automation Inc. specializes in industrial automation and information.