FANUC once again numbered among the many leading exhibitors at this year's EMO Hannover. With its full range of products on show, the company put intelligent solutions and key new developments center stage. In line with this year’s EMO slogan - "Connecting systems for intelligent production" - the FANUC stand was largely dedicated to the Industrial Internet of Things (Industrial IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). One major highlight in this area was the FIELD system (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link & Drive system), developed by the company in-house.
The heart of the FANUC FIELD system is an open platform designed to harmonize a wide range of Industrial IoT applications within production settings, including machinery, robots, CNC controls and sensors. The software links up machines of all kinds with the help of an interactive web, making it possible to access immense volumes of data and generate highly efficient analyses. For instance, accurate predictions can be delivered about possible faults in production machinery. What’s more, the open-platform nature of the FIELD system gives manufacturers of machinery, robots, sensors and peripheral devices the freedom they require to develop and implement their own applications. FIELD can also be linked to higher-level systems such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), SCM (Supply Chain Management) and MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems).