FANUC Introduces Certified Education CNC Training Program for Schools

FANUC America Corporation introduces the FANUC Certified Education CNC Training program, for schools in North America, designed for students to graduate with the knowledge and real-world skills to be productive right out-of-the-gate to run a CNC mill or lathe.  This directly addresses the need in manufacturing for skilled CNC operators and programmers on industry’s most popular choice of control with the largest installed base.

 

The FANUC Certified Education CNC Training program ensures that students learn the skills that industry demands from FANUC certified instructors, using a FANUC approved curriculum on genuine FANUC CNC equipment. FANUC’s comprehensive curriculum teaches the critical aspects of CNC machine setup, operation and programming using industry-leading equipment and providing sufficient repetition to ensure effective learning.  Student certification requires passing both an academic and practical skills test to ensure competence.  “FANUC is supporting industry’s need for qualified operators and programmers by providing a comprehensive CNC program that offers affordable and effective solutions to education”, states Dean Steadman, CERT CNC Education Program Manager at FANUC America.

 

With FANUC’s Certified Education CNC Training program, students will first write, edit and proof programs using 3D solid model animation in NCGuide software running on a PC.  Using a USB memory stick, they then transfer the part program from NCGuide to the CNC on the machine either in the classroom and/or a workshop and then perform setup and testing. If this is done on a portable Certified Education CNC Training Cart, when they get to the workshop, students are already experienced in setup and operation, so equipment is utilized more effectively, reducing the number of machines required.

 

With an aging workforce and production growth from reshoring, advanced manufacturing needs more trained employees for CNC setup, programming and operation.  To be effective, students must learn critical skills on the industry’s leading CNC equipment and have sufficient repetition to ensure concepts and procedures are understood and committed to memory.

 

Building on the already successful FANUC Certified Education Robot Training, the addition of Certified Education CNC Training makes a comprehensive FANUC CERT manufacturing program available to schools; high schools, trade schools, community colleges and universities with manufacturing diploma programs or STEM curriculum.  “Enhancing the existing FANUC America Robotics training program with the CNC training program really takes our CERT program to the next level”, states Paul Aiello, CERT Robotics Education Director at FANUC America. “As the global leader in automation, FANUC has incorporated over 30 years of expertise to design an industry training program that underscores our commitment to a true partnership with education and manufacturing.”

 

FANUC ROBODRILL CNC machines are ideal CNC workshop equipment to provide students adequate hands-on time. FANUC also works with the world’s leading machine tool builders and a variety of commodity machine tools that are ideal for education and are now available at education friendly prices.  A portable industrial quality CNC milling machine, manufactured by Levil Technology, brings the machine tool into the classroom at an affordable price.  The Levil CNC Milling Certification Cart, with FANUC Series 0i Mate-MODEL D CNC, may be rolled into any available classroom and then kept in a storage area between classes, eliminating the need for a dedicated workshop. FANUC ROBODRILL CNC machines and Levil CNC Certification Cart are sold through FANUC Education Authorized Resellers.

 

“The success of our country’s economic competitiveness is a real concern, and it’s clear that STEM competencies are important drivers to business performance and success,” added Aiello.  “As more companies incorporate robotics and CNCs into their operations, the demand for qualified workers is increasing.  That’s a major reason why schools across the country continue to integrate FANUC training into their STEM curriculums.”

 

Learn more about the FANUC CERT program and see the FANUC ROBODRILL CNC machine, Levil Certified Education CNC Training Cart and FANUC’s Certified Education Robot Training Carts in action at IMTS 2014 in the Smartforce Student Summit.


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FANUC Introduces CNC Innovations that Improve Machining Performance, Ease of Use and Maintenance at IMTS 2014, Booth #S-8919

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI (June 25, 2014) – FANUC America Corporation introduces CNC innovations that improve machining performance, ease of use and maintenance at IMTS 2014 Booth #S-8919.  These include: introduction of the new Series 0i-F CNC with new commonality of design and 15” display option, a new CNC platform with built in Bluetooth technology and digital servo adapter with new EtherCAT interface.

 

FANUC’s new Series 0i-F CNC is the latest generation of the world’s most popular and best value Series 0i CNC that now has commonality of design to the versatile Series 30i CNC and a 15” display option.  The Series 0i-F boasts common operability, maintainability and networking options as the Series 30i CNC along with having a highly compatible PMC ladder.  This translates to easier operation and maintenance across the plant floor.  The seamless combination of using the same motors, amplifiers, peripheral devices (safety machine operator’s panel, I/O module/unit, iPendant, interface unit for handy machine operator’s panel) as the Series 30i further simplifies the ease of use and maintenance of the Series 0i-F.  Seamless and common PMC functions among both the 0i-F and 30i-B CNCs include: multi-path PMC, ladder dividing management, function block, multi-language comment and I/O Link i.  With an increased axis number of 9 total controlled axes for a 1 path system for both 0i-MD (milling) and 0i-TD (turning) and a 2 path system now available on the 0i-MF with 11 total controlled axes, the Series 0i-F is more versatile to improve machining performance.  Additional new features on the Series 0i-F include:  15” display, I/O Link i, FSSB high speed rigid tapping, function for loader control, tolerance control, axis name expansion, program folder management, quick program restart, flexible path axis assignment, multi-path PMC function, ladder dividing management, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET.   

 

FANUC’s new standard CNC platform allows for enhanced CNC functionality using PC technology.  Built in Bluetooth on the CNC allows for the use of wireless technology that can operate a CNC by keyboard or mouse.  So, via remote desktop it is possible to transfer data between a tablet and CNC.  Advanced PC applications such as CAD/CAM or NCGuide are now available on the CNC remotely without leaving the machine.  This improves functionality and use of the CNC.  Other new features of FANUC’s new standard CNC platform include: enhanced 3D graphics with MANUAL GUIDE i, new data server with larger storage and use of peripheral devices such as keyboard and mouse. 

 

FANUC’s Digital Servo Adapter with new EtherCAT interface adds more power to applications needing high-speed and high-accuracy.  The Digital Servo Adapter allows for FANUC servo motors to be run from a separate controller over EtherCat.   From 1 to 8 axes can be controlled, including a spindle interface and multiple large servo motors – up to 3 large servo motors at a time for industrial machines.  The Digital Servo Adapter can replace hydraulic and other brand servo drives with high accuracy and high performance FANUC servo motors.  The EtherCat interface is ideal for industrial machines such as: servo press machines, wire saw machines and electric injection molding machines.  


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FANUCs Arbitrary Speed Threading Option Now Available On 0i-TD & 0i Mate-TD CNCs

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – (April 11, 2014) FANUC America Corporation now offers the arbitrary speed threading option on 0i-TD & 0i Mate-TD CNCs for new turning machines.  Arbitrary speed threading enables the operator to adjust the spindle speed during thread cutting to control chatter, and it also provides the functionality to quickly rethread or repair existing threads.  This makes it ideal for oil & gas industry pipe and fitting thread maintenance.

Arbitrary speed threading allows the operator to adjust the spindle speed during a threading cycle to eliminate vibration and chatter.  This is an invaluable feature for thread repair as chatter is more likely to occur with the small amounts of material typically being removed.  Without arbitrary speed threading, the spindle speed override is inhibited during threading. This is to prevent damaging the part, as a change in thread lead would occur. The arbitrary speed threading function ensures that the cutting tool remains coordinated with the spindle speed at all times during threading to produce the programmed lead.  

Arbitrary speed threading also provides the functionality to pick up and repair an existing thread - making it fast to set up, easy to use and quick to reproduce original threads. The process of repairing threads can be simplified further for operators by using FANUC’s MANUAL GUIDE i conversational programming. Without any knowledge of G-code, the operator uses straight forward graphical screens to answer simple questions to generate a suitable thread repair program.

Arbitrary speed threading can be used with constant lead threading, threading cycle and multiple threading cycle.  In addition to repetitive machining, the same thread shape can be machined even if the spindle speed is changed between roughing and finishing passes.  Cs contour control is required for this function.  

Arbitrary speed threading automates the rethreading process that used to be a highly skilled manual process.  The increased productivity gained from this option is ideal for the oil & gas industry where threading large diameter or long length workpieces and pipe rethreading or repair is common.  When purchasing a new turning machine, specify arbitrary speed threading option on the FANUC CNC to the machine tool builder or distributor. Arbitrary speed threading was previously introduced for the FANUC Series 30i-B and 30i-A CNCs.

About FANUC CORPORATION

FANUC CORPORATION, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, is the most innovative manufacturer of Factory Automation, Robots and Robomachines in the world. Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. FANUC technology has contributed to a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines. 

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation provides the most complete range of industry-leading robotics, CNC systems and factory automation solutions.  FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.  

For more information about FANUC America Corporation, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com.  FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan.  FANUC America has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; San Francisco; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.

For more information on CNCs or motion control systems, contact FANUC America Corporation - FANUC CNC, 1800 Lakewood Boulevard, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, phone: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287), e-mail:cnc.marketing@fanucamerica.com, website: www.fanucamerica.com.  Also, connect with us on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

FANUC America Corporation - FANUC CNC PR contact:

Jill Jozwik
Marketing Communications Manager
FANUC America Corporation
T: 847-898-5673
E: jill.jozwik@fanucamerica.com


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