ROCHESTER HILLS—Fanuc America, the supplier of robotics and other factory automation, will hold a grand opening celebration at its new 461,000-square-foot North Campus robotics and automation plant in Rochester on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
FANUC has invited customers, local officials, educators, suppliers, and the media to an official program, ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour. Special guests include Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel, and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.
Constructed and in full operation just one year after breaking ground, the new plant houses engineering, product development, manufacturing, and warehousing. Now, to keep pace with the growing demand for robots and automation, Fanuc occupies over one million square feet of building space in Oakland County.
The event features an automation tour path that includes more than 20 robot demonstrations, from its smallest M-1iA delta robot, to the M-2000iA, the world’s strongest robot, able to lift 2.3 tons. There will also be hands-on cobot demonstrations that highlight easy setup and programming. Additional demonstrations include real-world robotic solutions for assembly, material handling, packaging, palletizing, painting and welding. Most of the solutions include Fanuc intelligence such as integrated iRVision that gives the robots a sense of sight.
A key tour stop during the grand opening will feature two Fanuc CR-15iA collaborative robots packing bags of weekend nutrition for a local Michigan chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization that provides children living in food-insecure households with bags of food for the weekend.
FANUC’s products are used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, e-commerce, food and beverage, medical device and pharmaceuticals to name a few. The company’s line of painting robots, and a variety of automation software products have been designed and built in Michigan since 1982.
Fanuc will also host its Michigan-based active and retired employees at an afternoon company event at the new plant.
FANUC America Corp. is a subsidiary of Japan’s Fanuc Corp., and provides robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. Fanuc is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, and has locations in Pontiac, as well as in Atlanta, Ga.; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Pine Brook, N.J.; Pontiac; Birmingham, Ala.; San Francisco; Seattle; and Toronto and Montreal, Canada, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil, and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico. For more information, visit www.fanucamerica.com.
Blessings in a Backpack supplements in-school nutrition programs, providing more than 3.2 million hunger-free weekends for more than 87,000 children across the United States. For more information on finding a nearby Blessings in a Backpack chapter, visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org.