ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – FANUC America will hold a grand opening celebration at its new 461,000 square-foot North Campus robotics and automation facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.
The company invited customers, local officials, educators, suppliers, and the media to an official program, ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour. Special guests include Michigan’s Governor 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 facility houses several departments including engineering, product development, manufacturing and warehousing. To keep pace with the growing demand for robots and automation, the company said it occupies more than 1 million square feet of building space in Oakland County, Mich.
Tours and robot demonstrations
FANUC America said it will have an automation tour path that includes more than 20 robot demonstrations, from its smallest M-1iA delta robot, to the mighty M-2000iA, the world’s strongest robot able to lift 2.3 tons. There will also be a variety of 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 said its products are used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, e-commerce, food and beverage, medical device and pharmaceuticals. 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 North Campus facility.
The FANUC America division is a subsidiary of FANUC Corp. in Japan. The company includes facilities in Auburn Hills; Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago, Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Los Angeles, Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, N.J.; Pontiac, Mich.; Birmingham, Ala.; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sau Paulo, Brazil; Manaus, Brazil; Aguascalientes, Mexico; Monterrey, Mexico; and Queretaro, Mexico.