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At Southern Manufacturing 2014, Fanuc will showcase its range of machine tools, robots and CNC control products. Taking centre stage will be the Fanuc Robodrill α-DIA vertical machining centre integrated with a Fanuc LRMate robot loading and unloading a machined component.

There are standard and high-power spindle versions available, with improved chip discharging, thermal displacement compensation and higher-resolution axis feed. According to Fanuc, Robodrill focuses on features that reduce cycle times, improve surface finish and increase accuracy.

Using Fanuc’s advanced CNC control platform, Robodrill’s 31 IB5 control system helps to shorten cycle times by achieving both high speed and high precision through accurate control of maximum acceleration of the spindle motor.

The 30I series CNC controller uses a new-generation servo processor offering advanced five-axis functions. Machining tolerances can be accurately programmed in, allowing the system to manage relative processing time while optimising surface quality and cycle time.

Sharing the same control platform as the Robodrill makes integration of the LRMate straightforward and when used with the Ipendant, programming and operation becomes easier as all main CNC panel functions can be accessed and operated remotely by a single pendant.

Illustrating high-speed pick-and-place together with integrated vision will be two Fanuc M-1IA robot demonstrations. Capable of 200 cycles per minute, the lightweight and compact delta arm is designed for high-speed electronics assembly and picking and packing of light components.

Fanuc will be found on stand U82 at Southern Manufacturing.

Key product specifications


  • High-power version has a maximum speed of up to 10,000rev/min specified as 80Nm torque and 14kW of power.
  • It also has improved acceleration and speed with a 24,000rev/min spindle speed — more than double the speed of the standard version.


  • The robot is available in four or six axes options.
  • It weighs in at only 14kg and 17kg respectively.

FANUC UK provides industrial automation solutions ranging from the supply of CNC controllers, robots, drilling machines, EDM and injection moulding machines through to the complete integration of factory automation systems.

Providing a single customer support portal for its three core businesses, FANUC comprises FA — CNC controllers, motors and drives; robotics — industrial robots and systems; robomachines — EDM, injection moulding and drilling machines.


FANUC’s FA business manufactures CNC controls, drive systems and laser systems. With a 65 per cent market share in the global CNC control sector, FANUC is the market leader. FANUC CNC is the controller of choice for the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers; continuously developing functionality sees FANUC CNC control being used in a wide range of applications — combining powerful control and high precision with unparalleled reliability.

FANUC servo drives and motors are well proven — aimed at the machine builder, they offer the widest range of high-performance compact designs.  The high availability and ease of maintenance together with world-class, energy-efficient designs make them the motors of choice for thousands of OEMs around the world.


FANUC’s robotics business manufactures the widest range of robots in the world for applications from micro-electronics assembly to the forging of precision aerofoils for jet engines — in industries as diverse as pharmaceutical and potato processing — and with maximum payloads from 1kg to 1,350kg. More than 280,000 FANUC robots are operating worldwide, with production currently geared to meet demands of 5,000 per month. FANUC robots are truly ‘out-of-the-box’ automation designed to be totally flexible and, with application-specific options, straightforward to integrate.


FANUC’s robomachine business manufactures Robodrill machining centres, Robocut EDM machines and Roboshot electric injection-moulding machines. Using FANUC components throughout, the robomachine business builds on the advanced technology, reliability, energy efficiency and innovation of its own controllers, drives and motors. With a focus on energy efficiency and high reliability, the robomachine business developed the first all-electric injection-moulding machines — Roboshot — changing the mould shop into a much cleaner and quieter environment.

Customer support

From initial sales contact with FANUC through the life of the product, FANUC provides one single contact point to make sure support is always at hand with up-to-date advice, genuine warranted parts and, whenever possible, obsolescence avoidance solutions that ensure the lifetime delivery of maximum efficiency.

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